ST. LOUIS -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro expressed optimism about overcoming his injuries and being able to start Wednesday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, on FOX at 1 p.m. PT.Scutaro participated in the Giants' light workout at Busch Stadium on Tuesday despite manager Bruce Bochy's expectation that he would rest. Scutaro still felt soreness and tightness in his hip and left knee after St. Louis' Matt Holliday plowed into him trying to break up a double play on Monday.
But asked whether he'll play in Game 3, Scutaro responded, "I think so. It feels much better. ... I'm just happy nothing really bad happened, and I'll be able to probably play tomorrow."Bochy is "hopeful" that Scutaro can play. Even after absorbing Holliday's impact in the first inning of Game 2, Scutaro singled twice, driving in a pair of runs with a fourth-inning hit. It was one of the biggest offensive contributions in San Francisco's 7-1 victory, which evened the series at one game apiece.
Though rain has been predicted for Wednesday, Bochy said that wet grounds wouldn't force him to scratch Scutaro if he feels well enough to play.Asked if he was surprised about being able to take batting practice on Tuesday, Scutaro said, "Kind of, yeah. The trainers really did a great job." The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Scutaro was injured as he tried to turn a double play after taking the relay from shortstop Brandon Crawford but was knocked sprawling by Holliday's late slide. "All of a sudden, I saw this train coming," Scutaro said, referring to the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Holliday. "I didn't have time to do anything. As soon as I caught the ball, he was pretty much on top of me. I don't know how I threw the ball to first. But I think I did, right?"
Scutaro indeed unleashed a late but remarkably accurate throw.Asked why he stayed in the game, Scutaro said, "I felt like I could still help the team."
His pair of hits proved that, but by the fifth inning, he couldn't move from side to side.
"My leg was kind of numb," said Scutaro, who was replaced by Ryan Theriot one inning later.Theriot, who rapped a two-run single in the ninth inning, will start at second base on Wednesday if Scutaro can't play.
Scutaro's prodigious hitting since joining the Giants in a July 27 trade -- a .362 batting average and 44 RBIs in 61 games -- obscured Theriot's contributions earlier in the season, when he was San Francisco's primary second baseman."What's kind of been forgotten because of how Marco has done is what a great job Theriot did for us," Bochy said. "It's nice to have depth on your club and have a guy like Theriot who you can put out there if you have to."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.