San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is out indefinitely with an injury to the pinkie finger on his left hand. The finger took a direct hit from a fastball by Pittsburgh’s Tony Watson while batting in the seventh inning of an 8-2 loss on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative. Scutaro said Wednesday he has some ligament damage near the tip of the finger. He was replaced in the lineup by Tony Abreu.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the team will wait a few days to see if Scutaro’s injury responds to rest and treatment. There is a chance Scutaro could attempt to play this weekend when the Giants are in Atlanta.
The 37-year-old who was originally signed by the Indians in 1994 is batting .332 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 58 games.
Giants pitcher George Kontos was suspended for three games by Major League Baseball, which said he intentionally threw a pitch at Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, and Bochy was banned for one. Kontos was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A Fresno and would serve the suspension only when he is back in the major leagues. If he files an appeal, the penalty would be delayed until after a hearing and decision.
Bochy was penalized for what MLB said was Kontos’ intentional actions. He served the suspension Wednesday night.
Buchholz resumes throwing
Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has resumed throwing. The date for his next start has not been finalized.
Buchholz, 9-0 with a big league-best 1.71 ERA, played catch Wednesday for the first time since leaving his start last Saturday with what the team called “neck tightness.” Manager John Farrell said Buchholz might pitch Sunday.
Around the leagues
The Red Sox recalled right-hander Alfredo Aceves from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned reliever Jose De La Torre to the International League club. … The San Diego Padres recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Tucson and placed center fielder Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. … Right-hander Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs because of a sore right elbow. Left-hander Brooks Raley was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. … Eric Young Jr. was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies, making room on the roster for the recall of right-hander reliever Chris Volstad from the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. … The Washington Nationals recalled right-hander Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned right-hander Nathan Karns to Double-A Harrisburg.