Scutaro will stay busy after Sandoval's back

Scutaro will stay busy after Sandoval's back

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Pablo Sandoval expected to return sometime after the weekend, Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated before Friday's game against the Rockies that Marco Scutaro will continue to see regular at-bats, but more in a utility role.

"We'll mix it up," Bochy said. "We'll have some depth, and that's going to be a lot nicer to have where you can sit some guys, rest some guys, and he gives you that flexibility in that you can put him anywhere. I like the at-bats he's been giving us, and if the guy is playing well, swinging well, you find a way to get him in the lineup."

Scutaro has been the primary replacement for the All-Star third baseman after he went down with a left hamstring strain on July 24 while playing first base against the Padres. Scutaro was acquired in a trade a few days later on July 27 from the Rockies, with whom he primarily played second base.

Since arriving to the Giants, Scutaro has batted .346 with 14 RBIs in 13 games, 11 of which he has started at third base. He has also spelled Ryan Theriot at the two-spot in the lineup, which is where Scutaro batted again Friday.

"He's a pro," Bochy said. "He does a great job wherever you put him out on defense, and he hasn't played third base in two, three years and he's done a great job there. He gives you a professional bat, and he's very popular with the guys already. He's a great teammate and he's fit in very nicely."