SAN FRANCISCO -

Pondering the possibility of going a full season without second baseman Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy was willing to offer a compromise of sorts Sunday.

Bochy admitted the Giants are close to a point where they must weigh the advantages of having a part-time Scutaro rather than waiting for his ailing lower back to completely heal, which may or may not ever happen.

"At some point, we've got to be honest: (What) are we going to get?" Bochy said Sunday before the Giants' 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins. "If it's a couple of days as a pinch hitter, that could work. We would be a better club by doing that. But right now we're not close to getting him to that point."

Scutaro, 38, recently spent time in Arizona, waiting for his back to heal while he attempts to stay in a semblance of baseball shape.

However, with the pain slow to subside, the veteran made the decision last week to go to Florida for what the Giants called a "blood-spinning" procedure. He will remain in Florida indefinitely while judging whether the procedure was a success.

The Giants can afford to be patient with Scutaro. Brandon Hicks stepped into Scutaro's shoes and is performing admirably, pounding seven home runs in the team's first 45 games.