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Buster Posey leaves game after taking foul tip to face mask

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Giants catcher Buster Posey was removed from Sunday's game as a precaution after taking a foul tip to the face mask, the team announced. Here's the play:

Posey actually remained in the game to finish that inning, but he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the next half-inning. The Giants say he is heading for further evaluation.

Any time you see a headshot like that, the concern has to be a concussion. Countless catchers have been concussed on similar plays, including Joe Mauer just last season. He was sidelined for six weeks.

Posey, 27, came into Sunday's game hitting .269/.329/.420 (115 OPS+) with nine home runs in 61 games. The Giants have a comfortable 6.5-game lead in the NL West, but losing their starting backstop for any length of time would be devastating.

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