SAN FRANCISCO--Marco Scutaro's injury-riddled season is over. Manager Bruce Bochy said the San Francisco Giants second baseman will have a splint placed on a finger on his right hand.
"We'll start getting him ready for (next year)," Bochy said.
Before Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bochy also indicated that left-hander Barry Zito could start as soon as Tuesday in place of left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who has been closely watched in recent weeks.
Giving Bumgarner extra rest would allow the Giants to give Zito one final home start as he comes to the end of a seven-year deal.
Scutaro, in the first year of a three-year deal, has made just 124 starts because of finger, back and hip issues. The pinkie finger on Scutaro's right hand was injured when he was hit by a pitch on June 11, and Scutaro has had problems with his ring finger, as well.
Scutaro had a .357 on-base percentage this season while serving as the primary No. 2 hitter, but struggled defensively. Bochy said he expects Scutaro to be fine after an offseason of rest and rehab.
"There are some adjustments to be made and he knows it," Bochy said. "I really expect to see Marco back in the condition he normally is in. He'll be in great shape and ready to go."
Cain and Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu were ready to go Tuesday, staging a pitcher's duel in the first of a three-game series.
Cain plunked Yasiel Puig in the third inning, but the Dodgers rookie got revenge in the fifth, hitting a monstrous first-pitch homer to center field. Giants second baseman Tony Abreu tied the game with a solo shot the bottom of the inning, but Matt Kemp homered in the sixth to put the Dodgers ahead for good.
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