NEW YORK -- Marco Scutaro came off the disabled list and the Red Sox wasted no time getting him right back into the starting lineup.
There were, however, extenuating circumstances.
First, Scutaro had a history of success against the Yankees' starting pitcher, Freddy Garcia, having hit .500 (6-for-12) against him in the past.
Second, Jed Lowrie, who had effectively taken the starting shortstop job away from Scutaro even before Scutaro suffered a pulled oblique, was himself banged up.
Lowrie's left shoulder is still sore, more than a week after a collision with teammate Mike Cameron. Lowrie said the pain is a "dull ache,'' and he plans to undergo an MRI soon on the shoulder.
Scutaro said he was unsure of how much playing time he was going to get now that he's healthy again.
"I just work here,'' he said, smiling. "I just show up and see what's cooking.''
"Some of how much Marco plays probably depends on how everybody else is doing,'' said Terry Francona. "Marco's certainly good enough to be an everyday player, but some of his at-bats will be determined on how other guys are doing.''