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Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 3:58 pm

By Evan Brunell

Buster Posey's collision with Scott Cousins on Wednesday fractured a bone in his lower left leg, delivering a devastating blow to the Giants.

In addition to a broken leg, Posey is thought to have torn ligaments as well,  as CSN Bay Area reports. The Giants later announced that Chris Stewart has been recalled to take Posey's place, with Brandon Belt also joining the roster along with Brandon Crawford.

Posey's broken leg could heal in one-to-two months, a time span common for a broken leg. However, broken legs can mean a wide range of severity, and the complication of torn ligaments makes a possible ETA for a return that much more murky. Some players return from a broken leg inside two months. Others miss almost two full seasons, as Kendrys Morales of the Angels can attest. It would surprise no one if Posey was done for the season, but let's exercise some restraint and wait for further clarification. He will undergo a MRI Thursday that should clarify the issue, although in Pablo Sandoval's mind, the issue's already been clarified.

"Good morning I feel so bad because we lost buster for rest of the season it's gonna be hard with out him," Sandoval tweeted on Thursday.

Posey's agent, Jeff Berry, said he was planning on calling Joe Torre, the new leader of on-field operations, in the hopes of changing the rules that allow runners to barrel into catchers.

"You leave players way too vulnerable," Berry said. "I can tell you Major League Baseball is less than it was before [Posey's injury]. It's stupid. I don't know if this ends up leading to a rule change, but it should. The guy [at the plate] is too exposed.

"If you go helmet to helmet in the NFL, it's a $100,000 fine, but in baseball, you have a situation in which runners are [slamming into] fielders. It's brutal. It's borderline shocking. It just stinks for baseball. I'm going to call Major League Baseball and put this on the radar. Because it's just wrong."

"It's part of baseball. I understand that," Bochy said in a news conference on Thursday according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "Guys run into catchers. Being a catcher, I've been in a few of them. You're in harm's way there. I do think we need to consider changing the rules a little bit because the catcher's so vulnerable -- and there are so many who've gotten hurt, and just a little bit. I mean, they've had their careers or shortened. And here's a guy that's very popular in baseball. Fans want to see him play. Now, he's out for a while. I'd like to see maybe something considered here where we can protect these guys a little bit more. They just don't have the protection to take a guy coming in full speed, with that kind of force."

Bochy said he had previously spoken to Posey about not getting out in front and blocking the plate -- and to an extent, Posey tried to honor that.

"He was not completely in front of the plate. He was in a position where he could make a tag without being hit, too," Bochy said. "He just got himself in a tough position there because [the way] his leg was situated. He was down on one knee, and ideally, you'd like to have the foot pointed that way to protect you a little bit. But, again, you're trying to handle a throw. You don't have time to get set up perfectly. That's what hurt him was his leg was tucked underneath him when he got hit."

This is a sticky situation. On one hand, Bochy clearly feels that Cousins didn't need to take out Posey. On the other, it was a game in extra innings with a potential scoring play. Cousins and the ball both arrived to Posey at virtually the same time, and if Cousins had chosen to attempt to slide to the plate, there's no guarantee he would have made it. It's just an unfortunate end result, but that's baseball.

Cousins tried to reach out to Posey, leaving two voicemails and told reporters Monday he did not sleep Wednesday night. "The last thing I wanted to do was break the guy's leg," he told the Palm Beach Post.

Belt takes the place of outfielder and pinch-runner Darren Ford, who hit the DL with an ankle sprain. The Giants were originally going to resist calling Belt up to replace Ford, but the loss of Posey has changed matters as the Giants need to find a way to inject offense into the club, and fast. The Giants won't have any trouble fitting Belt into the lineup, as first baseman Aubrey Huff is struggling with the bat while left field can also accommodate Belt's production.

Even though Huff hasn't played third base since a 33-game stint in 2008, it's possible the Giants could slide him to third temporarily to get Belt's bat in at first base, which would allow the team to continue playing Pat Burrell and Nate Schierholz in the outfield. In this scenario, Miguel Tejada would move back to shortstop, a position he vacated to fill Pablo Sandoval's absence at third. Now that the Giants have also lost Mike Fontenot to the DL due to a groin strain, the options to fill the shortstop position are weak enough to the point the club would likely benefit from Tejada moving back to short all in the name of getting Belt's bat into the lineup.

Stewart has been with four different teams in the last five years, playing mostly at Triple-A. He received eight at-bats in 2006 for his career debut with the White Sox before collecting 43 plate appearances for the Rangers in '07. The 29-year-old moved onto the Yankees, snagging just one game's worth of playing time in '08, playing for New York's Triple-A team the entirety of 2009 before returning to the bigs with San Diego last season. At San Diego he appeared in two games as a defensive replacement. Now, Stewart could easily match his career 54 plate appearances as the new tandem in San Francisco. Eli Whiteside is expected to get the bulk of the playing time in the early going, but he doesn't exactly command being slotted in the lineup every day.

Crawford, meanwhile, was playing at high-Class A, hitting .322/.412/.593 in 69 plate appearances. He spent the bulk of 2010 with Double-A, hitting .241/.337/.375 and started the 2011 season with a broken finger. The corresponding move for Crawford is not yet known, but it is likely Fontenot to the DL. He'll be the infield backup, with Emmanuel Burriss likely slotting in at shortstop if they don't move Tejada back to short.

Assuming Posey is out for a long time, if not the rest of the season, the Giants may want to call up ex-Giant Bengie Molina, who was with San Francisco from 2007 until partway through last season, when he was moved to the Rangers and faced the Giants in the World Series. Molina, a free agent, has been waiting for both the right fit and price before playing again. He may have just found it.

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Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:00 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

No offense to you, argo444. We posted at the same time. I love passion from the fan base. I just thought the tone from the earlier post was a bit much. As you point out, it's hard for anyone to win a World Series two years running. Hell, it's hard to win one World Series.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:58 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Its a shame I feel so bad for Buster. He is such a great kid and has the Talent to be an Elite palyer.
I just hope he can make it back bt Sept. I wish him the best and this is going to kill the Giants.
They will not be able to compete at a high level without him behind the plate and will miss his bat REAL BAD!!

Get well Buster Im pulling for ya brother!

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:56 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Dang. Bitter much, Pillies' fans? It doesn't matter that the Giants may have been a one-year sensation, they still have as many championships as the Phillies do in the past 10 years: one.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:56 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Another Phils phan here.  Unlike my colleague, I wouldn't go so far as to say that the Giants are one-year wonders, although (1) quite a few things had to go right on the offensive side for them to win it all, things that might not go right again this season; one of those things was Posey; and (2) it's hard for any team to win the World Series two years in a row.
Up till now, I'd been thinking the Giants might win the West almost by default since the Dodgers seem to be going into the tank, the Rockies just lost one of their starting pitchers and have other problems, and the other two teams are no great shakes.  And they do have the lead for the moment.  But Posey was the heart of their offense, and I don't think there's a player on their team, including Lincecum, whom they can less afford to lose. 
They may still manage to win the division, though it will be a contest now.  But their chances of going all the way just took a bit hit.
Finally, I hope like all of us, I'm sorry to hear of what happened to Posey, though I haven't seen anything to indicate there was anything wrong with the play.  We fans of other teams, when we hear of an injury like this, should be thankful that it didn't happen to one of our own players.  Because it might have--and still may.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:52 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

And1st plaace in the NL West doesnt sound too cinderella to me. Are you blind or just a complete moron? Cause a couple of us here are definitely trying to figure out which one you represent.

Im banking on a complete moron myself

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:51 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Got to love an Agent who all of a sudden wants to make rule changes AFTER his player gets hurt. If it were the other catcher who had gotten laid out and wasnt Berry's player, would there be a stink about it? Yaaa, NO! I wish coaches in any sport would get of their high horses and stop thinking that just because it happened to your guy that the rules all of a sudden need to be changed. Last I checked, playing catcher has not changed at all since baseball's inception...not talk gear change obviously. Why not just have the baserunners wear tags on their waste so that there is no tagging anymore.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:50 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

hahahaha. Look at the over head view. See that big ASS lane to the plate. Thats called an alley for sliding. Just started watching in 2010? Again, stop embarrassing yourself. Look when my id was made and the to try again. I know you are a little slow, but stop making a fool of yourself. This coming from the Phils fan that created an ID in DEC 2010 HAHAHAHAHHAHA. move along you fucking idiot. You apparently have no clue what you are talking about in all aspects and ask any of the legit posters on this board. Been holding it down for the Giants even when we were winning 70 games


Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:45 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Hey Phillies--Of course my comments were based in a lack of the manliness that you so obviously exude (look it up). Please explain to me the difference between the threat of getting purposely hit in the head and ruining your career and getting steamrolled because your a catcher and ruining your career. Better yet, explain it to Ray Fosse. Because the game is about money, they will make rules that protect stars. Get used to it. You can cry when they protect the Fosses, Santanas, and Poseys. Just because they haven't changed the rule yet doesnt mean they won't. Go watch the Flyers if you want to bully and injure people vicariously. Or watch a different hockey team if you want to see a good one. Baseball isn't hockey. Intimidation through the threat of injury is not going to last in this sport.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:43 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

I agree also that its part of the game. I remember when Shane Victorino clobbered Brian McCann in a close play at the plate, knocking the ball and McCann silly.  Yeah I wish it didn't happen, it also was a clean play and it was part of the game. Hence the position is tied with the epithet "The Tools of Ignorance". These guys are payed serious coin to play a game and with that comes risks.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:41 pm

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Hey Dumbass,

Here's a clip of the video:

   Where did you expect Cousins to slide, Numbnuts?  Posey caught the ball in front of the plate and leaned down to tag Cousins.  If Cousins slides, he's OUT.  Instead, Cousins chose to run over Posey and try to knock the ball out of his glove, which is PERFECTLY LEGAL.   But I wanted expcet some Dumbass who just started following baseball in October 2010 to know that.  If you don't like the rules of baseball, maybe you should turn back to the Lifetime Network.

Finally, bitter Phillies fan?  ROFLMAO.  Why, because the Giants have ONE World Series in the last 57 years?  Here's a newsflash for you Giants fans that think we're bitter:  We won the World Series in '08, got back to the Series in '09 and have the best record in the NL THIS year.  I'm not bitter at all, I just like watching you panzies cry because you're beginning to realize that the 2010 World Champs were a Cinderella team, a fluke, and a one-hit wonder.    

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