Buster Posey is out for the season. Will he be ready to play by the 2012 season opener?
"I would think so," trainer Dave Groeschner said.
He hedged his answer because of Posey's surgery, which was performed on Sunday to repair ligaments in his left ankle (with two screws) after he was decked by Florida's Scott Cousins in a collision at home plate.
Without Posey for the third straight game, the Giants lost 6-0 Sunday in Milwaukee and were mostly absent offensively, a recurring story.
As for Posey, Groeschner confirmed he's done for the year and added of the prognosis, "I think it's a good prognosis. It's a long road from here. I mean, he just had a very devastating injury that required surgery. He still has a long rehab process to go. We're optimistic."
No work was required on Posey's fractured fibula because it was minimally displaced, Groeschner said. It'll heal in time. But the ankle injury is the biggie. Posey will be on crutches for a couple of months and maybe a couple of weeks more after the screws are removed in eight-to-10 weeks from now.
Groeschner admitted the injury "may hinder him a little bit" when Posey tries to come back next season, and the question at that point might be whether he'll return to catching or take up another position.
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