MLB roundup: Scutaro's status unknown

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San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro traveled with the team to St. Louis, but his status for Wednesday's Game 3 of the NL Championship Series had not been announced.

Scutaro sustained a strained left hip when Cardinals' Matt Holliday took him out with a controversial slide in Game 2 on Monday night.

Scutaro hit a two-run single in the fourth inning before leaving the game in the fifth inning of the Giants' 7-1 win. The series is tied at one win apiece.

Initial X-rays were negative, but Scutaro also had an MRI Monday night.

Although opinions varied on the legality of the slide, Giants' manager Bruce Bochy left no doubt about his perspective.

"I really think they got away with an illegal slide there," Bochy said. "That rule was changed a while back. And he didn't realy hit dirt until he was past the bag. Marco was behind the bag and got smoked."

--Jason Giambi could be planning his transition to managing.

The Colorado bench player is scheduled to interview for the vacant Rockies managerial job, according to a Denver Post report, though no date has been scheduled.

Giambi, 41, recently finished his 18th year in the big leagues and fourth with Colorado. Injuries limited him to 60 games last season. He had hernia surgery last week and planned on returning.

Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells has already interviewed for the job. Jim Tracy resigned after a 98-loss season this year.

Giambi has no coaching experience. He is a career .280 hitter with 429 home runs in an 18-year career that began with the Oakland Athletics.

--The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former major-leaguer Wally Joyner as assistant hitting coach, fulfilling the team's stated goal of wanting multiple voices for hitters.

Joyner, 50, will work alongside newly appointed hitting coach Steve Henderson, who agreed to have an assistant as a condition of his hiring.

Joyner has worked as the lead hitting instructor for Major League Baseball International's elite-level development programs in Italy and Brazil for the past four years.

--Baseball hardware that Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith accumulated during his illustrious 19-year career is on the auction block.

Smith, 57, is parting with his 13 Gold Glove awards, World Series rings from 2006 and 2011 given as gifts by the St. Louis Cardinals, 11 rings from All-Star Games, his Roberto Clemente and Lou Gehrig awards and various other awards for "estate and family planning," ESPN.com reported.
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