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Brandon Crawford checks on teammate Marco Scutaro of the San Francisco Giants after the second baseman was shook up by a sliding Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, trying to break up a double play in the first inning of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in San Francisco. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff)
How did Marco Scutaro look during his workout with the Giants in St. Louis on Tuesday? Both his hip and sense of humor were firmly in tact.
For good measure, Scutaro's bat looked solid too, as he connected for a home run on his final swing of batting practice, prompting his teammates to hoot their approval.
It all confirmed early reports, stemming from a Bruce Bochy text message to the AP, that Scutaro was likely to play in Game 3 on Wednesday. Here are the highlights of Scutaro's post-workout session with reporters, provided via Twitter by Alex Pavlovic, who is on the ground in St. Louis. Scutaro was asked what he'll do if Holliday comes over to apologize. He smiled: "I might kick his ass." Scutaro expects to play tomorrow, said his memory of play was "all of a sudden I saw this train coming." Holliday called clubhouse but Scutaro wasn't available. Scutaro joked: "It was kind of nice to hear from him after he tried to kick my ass." Does Scutaro want Giants pitchers to retaliate? "I want them to throw a shutout." Scutaro: "As soon as I caught the ball he was on top of me. I don't even know how I threw the ball to first. I think I did, right?" Scutaro is surprised by how he feels today. Said, "I'm just happy nothing real bad happened and I've still got my leg there."
For a full transcript of the Scutaro interview, go to http://blogs.mercurynews.com/giants. For a complete roundup of Tuesday's Scutaro/Holliday aftermath, go to http://www.mercurynews.com/giants/ci_21785640