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Affeldt progressing well, but Scutaro still ailing

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PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy issued differing updates Monday on the health status of second baseman Marco Scutaro, who apparently won't resume playing any time soon, and left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who could.

Scutaro (lower back strain) is "still a ways away," Bochy said. Scutaro appeared in only one exhibition game during Spring Training and plans to remain at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., to improve his condition.

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PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy issued differing updates Monday on the health status of second baseman Marco Scutaro, who apparently won't resume playing any time soon, and left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who could.

Scutaro (lower back strain) is "still a ways away," Bochy said. Scutaro appeared in only one exhibition game during Spring Training and plans to remain at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., to improve his condition.

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Affeldt (right knee sprain) could be ready to return as early as April 9, only two days after he's eligible for activation, Bochy said. Affeldt injured himself when his spike caught in the dirt during a March 22 exhibition against the Chicago White Sox.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.

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