Scutaro hoping to return to form

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Marco Scutaro hit .275/.333/.388 for the Red Sox last year and played in 150 games. That’s not so bad when you consider he had problems with both of his arms.

A pinched nerve robbed Scutaro of the strength in his left arm early in the season, leading him to receive several cortisone shots. Then he suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, an injury that eventually left him unable to throw the ball 10 feet and led to his moving to second base.

An offseason of rehab — “The kind of exercises the pitchers do,” he said — has him back to feeling normal.

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“It’s nice to feel the way you normally feel,” he said. “Even if the results aren’t there, at least when you show up at the ballpark you feel like you have a chance to compete. Last year was kind of tough Some days I would get up at 11 or noon or whatever and I was like ‘Oh my God, I have to do so much stuff to get loose.’ ”

Scutaro said he would need to do shoulder exercises 2-3 times a week in the season to stay sharp. But he believes the worse is behind him and he can be the kind of player the Sox thought they had when they signed him.