Scutaro gets shut down

BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro has been dealing with a variety of injuries for the majority of the season, but it’s been his sore shoulder that has hampered him the most of late.

With the club out of postseason contention, Red Sox manager Terry Francona and the medical staff thought it best to shut Scutaro down for the final weekend of the season.

“I don’t know if he wants to, but he’s not [playing],” Francona said. “He knows he’s not.”

Scutaro, however, was surprised when asked by a reporter about not playing the rest of the weekend, and claimed he did not know about it.

“Really? I didn’t know,” he said. “I’m serious. I didn’t know. No.”

Francona explained the team wanted Scutaro to begin the offseason shoulder program before he went home in order for the training staff to know the infielder was doing it properly.

Francona said he appreciates everything Scutaro did for the Red Sox this season.

“A lot. A lot,” the manager said. “I think it was really important to him to be an everyday player. It probably took him a lot longer than maybe it should have for whatever reason, but now that he is, he’s taken that responsibility.”

Scutaro finishes his first season in Boston with a .275 average, 11 homers and 56 RBIs.

“Some days were kind of frustrating,” Scutaro said. “At least I made it through the year.”

Scutaro and the Red Sox are expecting him to report to spring training 100 percent healthy.

“He’ll be fine. It’s something he’ll have to maintain,” Francona said. “We have a ton of pitchers that have the same exact thing Scutaro has and they’re very successful. You just have to manage it.”