Outlook: Scutaro has solid average but minimal power

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Marco Scutaro increased his baseball-related activity Sunday, leaving manager Bruce Bochy feeling optimistic that the second baseman could begin participating in exhibition games by the end of the week.

Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who has been careful not to aggravate his groin injury, gingerly took part in a fielding drill and was included on the list of pitchers for Monday's "B" game against the Cubs at Mesa.

Mild discomfort in Brandon Belt's neck forced the first baseman to leave Sunday's exhibition game against Arizona in the fourth inning.

Crick, Kickham slated to pitch in 'B' game

Kyle Crick on talking about pitching with Matt Cain

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Top prospect Kyle Crick likely will appear in Monday morning's "B" game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa.

Crick threw a perfect inning in last Tuesday's intrasquad game but hasn't pitched in a Cactus League exhibition. The "B" game environment, which is invariably low-key, should provide Crick, 21, and the other younger Giants with a relatively stress-free setting in which to perform.

Crick was listed among the pitchers assigned to travel to Mesa along with left-hander Mike Kickham, who will start for the Giants. Kickham had been nagged by a minor thumb injury. No established Major Leaguers are slated to be in the Giants' lineup.