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“It feels good,” the shortstop said following the Red Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Braves. “People ask me are you looking forward to showing what kind of player you are now? It’s not like, look at me, I’m healthy, I’m going to hit 50 homers with 199 RBIs. It’s just a matter of waking up and feeling energy, strong, no pain, and feeling like you can compete. Even if you don’t do good that day, next day you wake up and feel like you can compete once again.”
Scutaro finished the 2010 season with decent numbers, hitting .275 while playing in 150 games, he will be the first to admit the production wasn’t what he had hoped when signing his two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Sox.
The injury problem, while not keeping the shortstop off the field, first forced the throwing-motion alteration, then began to affect his swing, and finally made a move to second base (for the shorter throw to first) necessity.
“To be honest, there were some days when I woke up like, ‘Damn, I don’t have any chance of playing today.’ I had to go through a lot of stuff just to play a game – ice, hot tub, anti-inflammatories, all of that kind of stuff just to play a game. Sometimes it was frustrating. What was the most frustrating is that it would feel good for a couple of days, then bad for a week and a half. It was never consistent. It was just up and down. That was kind of frustrating. Also, all year it was pretty much something. We’ll see what happens this year.”
Scutaro hasn't been giving much credit for being one of the few players who were able to play through the pain and stay on the field during last year's injury filled year. And it's a little slap in the face that he's competiting for his starting job with Jed Lowrie, a person who has so much potential yet seemingly has the bones of a 75 year old. Yesterday, Scutaro cranked out a first inning homer in a 4-3 loss to the Braves and showed off some of his range as well. Now that he's healthy, he should be ready to start off the season.
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