The apparent flu that has been floating around the Giants clubhouse claimed its third victim in Marco Scutaro.
The second baseman was out of the lineup for Thursday’s game against the A’s.
“Hopefully we can contain this and keep it from spreading any more,” manager Bruce Bochy said before Thursday’s game. “It hit Pablo [Sandoval] pretty good, hit [Gregor] Blanco, now Marco’s got it. It seems to hang around for a while too, that’s the concern with this one.”
Bochy said Sandoval’s encounter with the bug may have had something to do with the slump the All-Star third baseman has found himself in recently. He has seen his average drop from .308 on May 21 to .288.
“That set him back, no question,” Bochy said. “I think that sapped his strength. He’s going to expand the zone, but he has the ability. Before this little skid he was swinging the bat as well as anybody.”
Sandoval did show signs of recovering on Thursday though, going 2-for-4 and driving in two runs.
While Scutaro is out, rookie Nick Noonan will get a few more starts. Noonan started Thursday and finished 1-for-3.