However, Bochy indicated that he would make the final call after Scutaro participated in pregame fielding drills. The second baseman suffered a strained left hip when St. Louis' Matt Holliday leveled him with a slide in the first inning of Game 2 on Monday.
"He will take ground balls, he'll get tested to see how the knee and the hip respond," Bochy said. "If we have to adjust, we will."
That wasn't necessary, as Scutaro came through fine and started the game. When the Giants checked into Busch Stadium in the morning, Bochy had fully expected the gamer to be able to play.
"Actually, it was a pretty easy call," Bochy said. "I kept in touch with [athletic trainer] Dave Groeschner, and after talking to Marco I could tell in his eyes that he was a lot more optimistic about playing. Last night, I felt a hundred percent that he would be out there."