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Scutaro to get procedure for ailing back

SAN FRANCISCO -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro is in Miami to undergo a non-surgical procedure that he and the Giants hope will speed his recovery from a nagging back injury, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.

The procedure, scheduled for Monday, is similar to "a blood spinning thing," Bochy said, referring to a platelet-rich plasma injection.

"We're going to see if we can speed up this process," Bochy said. "I don't have a target date. It's been frustrating. He's done some baseball activities and then he had to back off. We're hoping that this will get him over the hump to where we may have a target date at some point here."

Scutaro had been getting treatment at the team's complex in Arizona. He was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21 then transferred to the 60-day DL on May 10.

Scutaro, 38, batted .297 with 23 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBIs in 127 games last season. He was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career.

Eric Gilmore is a contributor to
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