SD@SF: Giants broadcast talks about Scutaro's splint

SAN FRANCISCO -- Marco Scutaro said he didn't feel any discomfort in his left pinkie during his first game back Tuesday -- except for the change in grip, that is.

Scutaro, who missed six games after he suffered an injury to the tendon in his pinkie that prevents it from straightening, will wear a splint for the next four to six weeks to try and fix the issue. When he grips the bat with the splint on, he said he has to lift his finger so that it is not touching the bat.

"It was fine," Scutaro said of his ability to play with the splint Tuesday. "I'm just making some adjustments.".

Scutaro went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of infield singles and made a diving play in the first inning at second base.

"I have to [play through it]," he said. "There's not much you can do here for the tendon. You just have to hang with it."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team will evaluate the pinkie Wednesday before deciding on Scutaro's availability, but the second baseman said he fully expects to be able to start.

Vogelsong has pins removed from hand

WSH@SF: Vogelsong breaks hand, exits game in fifth

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong had all five pins removed from his right hand Tuesday, which could accelerate the pace of his recovery from his fractured right pinkie.

Vogelsong said that with all the pins gone, he'll be able to perform more mobility and flexibility exercises than he would if any of the pins remained. The pins were implanted in Vogelsong's pitching hand to keep his bones properly aligned.

"I was pretty happy about it," said Vogelsong, who expected to have two or three pins extracted.

Vogelsong was injured May 20 when he was hit by a pitch from Washington's Craig Stammen. Vogelsong is expected to be sidelined from 8-10 weeks.

Dunning adjusting in first taste of big leagues

SF@ATL: Dunning retires first batter in MLB debut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Since Jake Dunning called his parents in the early hours Thursday morning to share the news he was headed to Pittsburgh to join the Giants, it's been an eventful few days.

Ten family members and friends saw Dunning debut Sunday in Atlanta, which is a five-hour drive from the family's home in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dunning, who said he was more of a Marlins fan than Braves fan growing up, allowed a double in a scoreless inning Sunday.

"It's a little different [in the Majors]," Dunning said. "It's the same game, it's just a little fierce now. I just have to keep the ball down and get a ground ball or something."

Dunning made his AT&T Park debut in the 13th inning of Monday's 5-3 loss. He entered the game after the Padres loaded the bases against Jose Mijares. Dunning walked home a run and recorded two outs.

"[It's a] small sample, but he came out and threw strikes in Atlanta," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We put him in a tough spot last night, but he controlled the damage. Sure, he walked in a run, but he settled down and got a big out."

Worth noting

• Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Class A San Jose as the designated hitter Friday, while no date has been set for the start of Angel Pagan's rehab assignment, Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.

"It's going to be this week, I just don't know what day," said Bochy about Pagan. The manager said Monday the team hopes to have each in action when the Giants travel to Los Angeles for a three-game series beginning next Monday.

• Every reliever in the Giants bullpen saw action Monday, so Bochy could use a long outing from starting pitcher Matt Cain on Tuesday night. Bochy said prior to the game that Sandy Rosario is the only reliever off limits Tuesday, as he threw 39 pitches in Monday's 13-inning loss.

In an emergency relief situation, Bochy said either Chad Gaudin or Tim Lincecum could pitch Tuesday night for the Giants. The starters' regularly scheduled bullpen sessions were Monday and Tuesday, respectively.