Tag:Buster Posey
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:15 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 8:55 pm
 

MRI reveals no knee damage for Posey

Buster Posey

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Buster Posey sustained no knee damage in his collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins, Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner told reporters, including Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle, meaning he may be able to return to the Giants this season. It was feared he was out for the season following Wednesday night's scary incident at home plate.

Posey is expected to be out six to eight weeks or longer after suffering a broken fibula and severely strained ligaments in his left ankle. The 2010 Rookie of the Year underwent three MRIs on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.

"The fracture will be fine," Groeschner said. "The ankle injury is most concerning to us."

Posey will have surgery to repair ligaments on both sides of his ankles and may insert a screw into his ankle to help set the bone. The team expects Posey to have surgery within a week. Groeschner would not give a timetable for Posey's return, but did say he would be "out for a while."

Groeschner said the team has had other catchers sustain similar injuries and return.

Even if Posey does return this season, it would be late in the season and the team is already looking for possible short-term upgrades. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com tweets that the Giants have already asked about Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 39, has been supplanted as the team's starting catcher by Wilson Ramos and is in the second year of his two-year deal, paying him $3 million this season. Rodriguez's offense hasn't been good this season -- he's hitting .205/.256/.342 with two home runs in 79 plate appearances -- but he's still a force defensively, throwing out five of the 12 baserunners who have attempted to steal on him. The Nationals also have Jesus Flores on the 40-man roster as well as Derek Norris, a top prospect, at Double-A Harrisburg.

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

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Posey

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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Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 11:31 am
 

On Deck: Matinee day features Cliff Lee

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


LeeBaileyQUICK TURNAROUND: The Reds and Phillies finished their 19-inning duel at 1:19 a.m. ET on Thursday morning. Less than 12 hours later, both teams will be back at it. It's a good thing, then, that both teams have good starters going, so they should be able to quickly zip through tired batters. Cliff Lee will look to give Philly three of four in the series while the Reds have lost six of seven and are now in third place, 3 1/2 games behind the Cardinals. Homer Bailey, meanwhile, has a 2.08 ERA in four starts on the year and will hope to keep his breakout season going. He had a tough-luck loss last time out, falling to the Indians despite taking a one-hitter into the seventh. Reds at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. ET

A'sAngelsFIRST PLACE: With the Rangers off, the Angels have a chance to draw into a tie for the AL West at just 1/2 game back of Texas. Standing in their way are the Athletics, who are looking to reverse their fortunes and avoid dropping any further in the standings. Joel Pineiro will attempt to win No. 100 for his career in his third attempt at the milestone. Oakland's Brett Anderson, meanwhile, is looking to snap an 0-3, 5.04 ERA skid in his last five starts but will need the moribund office to come awake. With a victory, the A's will split the four-game series but with one of the worst hitting attacks in the majors and a solid pitcher in Pineiro on the mound, it won't be easy. Athletics at Angels, 3:35 p.m. ET

PoseyGET BACK ON THE HORSE: A game after losing Buster Posey for quite some time, the Giants will attempt to shake off the extra-inning loss to the Marlins and will offer up Ryan Vogelsong on the mound. Vogelsong, who had not pitched in the majors since 2006, somehow has a 3-0 record and 1.93 ERA in 32 2/3 innings. Florida, who has one extra win on the year, will counter with Anibal Sanchez, who hasn't lost since April 10, posting a 2.14 ERA in seven starts since. San Francisco may be in for a long day, as both Mike Fontenot and Posey figure to be out of the lineup. Combine that with the poor play of Aubrey Huff and Miguel Tejada, and the lineup may not even be able to outscore the Twins. Marlins at Giants, 3:45 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:19 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 2:23 am
 

Posey injured in extra innings

By Matt Snyder

Star Giants catcher and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey left the Giants-Marlins game in the 12th inning with what appeared to be an injury to his lower left leg.

Scott Cousins of the Marlins scored the go-ahead run on an Emilio Bonifacio sacrifice fly and bowled over an exposed Posey at home plate. The ball bounced away, ensuring Cousins was safe at home, while Posey's left ankle buckled under him. By major-league standards, this was a clean baseball play -- just an unfortunate outcome for Posey and the Giants.

Posey had to be helped off the field and did not put any weight on his left leg. I'm no fan of speculation, but this did not look pretty.

He entered Wednesday hitting .287 with four home runs, 21 RBI and a .767 OPS. Posey won the Rookie of the Year award last season following a season where he hit .305 with 18 homers, 67 RBI and an .862 OPS in just 108 games.

The Marlins won the game, 7-6, in 12 innings.

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:47 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Concern rising over Posey's hits behind plate

By Evan Brunell

PoseyGiants manager Bruce Bochy thinks that Buster Posey has been rattled by more foul tips than almost any catcher. The Giants have quite a few pitchers who cause hitters to swing and miss, increasing the frequency of foul tips. Lately, Posey has borne the brunt of these foul tips.

On May 11, Posey took two foul balls off his mask that looked like they could have caused concussions. He sat out the next day before returning to the plate. Several days later, he took a foul ball off his thigh, continuing a season that's already seen two balls clank off his throwing shoulder. On Sunday (pictured), he was clocked in the jaw, but stayed in the game and later rifled a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

"I don't know what happened; I just had a lot of pain for a few minutes and it's gone now," Posey said of the jaw shot according to the San Jose Mercury News. "It was just the jaw. My head never felt anything. I don't think I would have stayed in if I'd felt anything in my head."

It's good that Posey at least realizes that if his head was messed up, he would have left the game. But all these shots eventually take their toll, and the question has to be asked: Is Posey's best role for the club behind the plate? Someone with his offensive talent can carry the Giants for over a decade if all breaks right. Catching greatly reduces the odds of that happening given the wear and tear and chance for significant injury. The problem is that there isn't other position to stash Posey at that would make sense.

"He's taken more than I've ever seen," said Bochy, a former catcher. "He's getting enough shots that are hitting him pretty good that I've got concern."

The Giants are especially sensitive to the issue of foul tips, given Mike Matheny's career was curtailed by foul tips causing a concussion in 2006. Matheny had signed with the team as a free agent in 2005 on a three-year deal, winning the Gold Glove in '05, his fourth career award. He did not finish the contract.

Posey, for his part, is shrugging off concerns.

"Since I have been catching, it seems like you kind of go through periods where you just get beat up a little bit," Posey said. "And then there are periods where you don't get beat up at all. It's just one of those things that you go through."

Bochy is hoping the solution lies in the traditional catcher's mask, which Posey eschews for the hockey-style mask that is common in baseball these days.

"He's never worn the other mask, and I was talking to him during the course of the game, that maybe in spring training we can make that transition," Bochy said.

Despite Bochy's thoughts, it's unclear on whether the old mask would be more effective than the new one in preventing concussions.

"I think more than anything, it's just the feel of it," Bochy said. "The hockey mask clings a little bit closer and there's probably a little more sense of security with the protection on the side. If you're not used to it, there's a transition to a different mask."

Posey, for his part, says he'll give it a go if Bochy really wants him to, but he's not expecting a major difference, nor does he want to make a switch in-season.

"Everything trainers and doctors have told me is that shock absorption is equal on both styles of masks," he said. "I'd be open to it, but I think it'd be something I'd wait to do until next spring training."

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Buster Posey's sister can rake, too

By Matt Snyder

We know Buster Posey can hit the baseball. He did it so well last year he beat out the likes of Jason Heyward and Starlin Castro in a very talented class for the NL Rookie of the Year despite only playing in 108 games. He clubbed 18 home runs and drove home 67.

Monday night, his sister flashed some power of her own.

Samantha Posey of Valdosta State had seven at-bats in a college softball double-header. She ended up with a double, four home runs, five runs scored and 11 RBI. (vstateblazers.com ) Her team seemed to have a bit of fun as a group, as they won 13-0 and then 16-0, but Ms. Posey was easily the star of the day.

Big bro would be proud.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 11:45 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/31: Opening day is here

Reds

By Evan Brunell

Ahhh, finally. It's here: opening day. March 31 kicked off the 2011 baseball season and if the games held were any indication, we're in store for quite a fun year.

3 UP

Baseball fans -- It's opening day; what more could baseball fans ask? Fans were treated to an opening affair between the Tigers and Yankees that stayed close then saw New York push ahead on a go-ahead Curtis Granderson home run. The best was yet to come, however, when Ramon Hernandez delivered a walk off, three-run blast against the Brewers to propel the Reds to victory. Other games saw the Angels save off a comeback from the Royals, the Padres win an extra-inning affair in St. Louis, the Braves blank the Nationals, and the Dodgers outlast the Giants in a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum.

Ramon Hernandez, Reds -- Ramon Hernandez delighted the home crowd by belting a three-run home run to edge Milwaukee and deny manager Ron Roenicke his first victory as a skipper. Hernandez said that in his 12 years, it was the most amazing opening day for him. Well, ya think? It actually capped off a pretty great day for him as he collected four hits in five trips to the plate, although all his RBI came on the opposite-field shot.

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers -- Kershaw was brilliant Thursday night, tossing seven scoreless and whiffing nine against four hits and a walk. The 23-year-old is clearly one of the top young pitchers in the game and is developing into a bona fide ace. Kershaw outdueled Tim Lincecum, giving up just one unearned run in seven innings (1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 IBB, 5 K)

3 DOWN

Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- Albert Pujols didn't exactly get his contract year off to a good start, going 0-for-5 while grounding into three double plays, which is a career-worst mark. All that left five men on base, and given the Padres needed two runs in the 11th to win it all, once could argue Pujols' poor night was responsible for the loss. Meanwhile, his teammate (and possible future successor as the team's best hitter) had a 3-for-4 night while driving in two runs, walking once and scoring another run.

Austin Jackson, Tigers -- Regression, meet the mean. Mean, regression. A-Jax got 2010 off to quite a nice start as the rookie hit .293 for the year after a scorching .364 batting average in April carried him the rest of the way. However, Jackson got this April off to a poor start, collecting just one hit in four trips to the plate and flailing at pitches the remainder of the time, tallying up three strikeouts.

Buster Posey, Giants -- The catcher tried to make a heads up play in the bottom of the sixth by trying to pick Matt Kemp off third base. As if the Giants already had enough to worry about dealing with a bases loaded situation thanks to a Miguel Tejada error and Juan Uribe hit by pitch. Kemp was a bit slow getting back to the bag after Posey blocked a ball, but Kemp was effectively one step away when Posey decided to unleash a throw. Problem: the throw sailed left, and third baseman Pablo Sandoval could not grab the ball as he had to reach across Matt Kemp. The ball skittered away and Kemp ran home for the game's first run.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Belt makes Giants' opening day roster

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brandon BeltBrandon Belt will indeed be on the Giants' roster when the defending champions start the season tomorrow against the Dodgers.

The team placed first baseman Travis Ishikawa on waivers to make room for Belt, the team's top prospect.

With Belt on the roster, he'll most likely be in the lineup. Last season the Giants kept Buster Posey in Triple-A to avoid starting his arbitration clock. If the Giants are going have the 22-year-old slugging first baseman on the roster, he'll be on the field.

It will also allow the Giants to use Aubrey Huff to the outfield to help the void left by the absence of Cody Ross, who is on the disabled list with a sprained right calf. 

Belt told reporters he cried when manager Bruce Bochy told him the news. That, of course, earned some teasing from his teammates.

"You crying yet Belt?" Huff said, according to the San Jose Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly. "Tear up... I'm going to be tearing up the rest of the year in right field."

Belt hit .282/.338/.479 this spring with three home runs and 13 RBI in 71 at-bats this spring. Last season Belt hit .352/.455/.620 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI at three levels, leading the minors in OPS and was second in on-base percentage. He continued hitting in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .372/.427/.616. He is also a very good defensive first baseman.

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