By Matt Snyder
Giants catcher Buster Posey saw his season come to an end all the way back on May 25, when he broke his leg and tore ankle ligaments on a home-plate collision courtesy of Marlins backup Scott Cousins. Similar injuries have sidelined players for a calendar year, but Posey is hoping to be ready for opening day in 2012.
Posey's rehab is progressing well, as reported in a San Francisco Chronicle story Sunday, but it's going to take a lot of hard work to be ready in time for the season.
"He'll be in rehab until he plays a major-league game," head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner told the Chronicle. "Nov. 5 is the day he'll go home so he can have a little offseason and take a little mental break. He still knows he's got to work on his lower leg and ankle all the way to spring training."
The good news is that Posey is running, hitting and catching bullpen sessions. He told the Chronicle he's "90-100 percent" on his sprints, even to the point that he challenged the writer, Henry Schulman, to a foot-race.
So it does sound like there's reason for cautious optimism when it comes to Posey's health.
Posey, 24, was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, as he hit .305 with 18 homers, 67 RBI and an .862 OPS in 108 games.
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