Back issue keeps Buster Posey out for second straight game

Buster Posey appears set to miss his second straight game.
Buster Posey appears set to miss his second straight game. (USATSI)

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Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey is not in the starting lineup for the Giants for the second straight game as he deals with a lingering back issue. We won't say "injury" just yet because the team hasn't really said that it's more than soreness.

Posey, 27, is hitting .254/.333/.396 (110 OPS+) with seven homers and 25 RBI this season. The Giants enter Friday's action with baseball's best record at 35-19.

Posey's pretty durable, as he rarely misses games for injury purposes. The only DL stint of his major-league career came when he suffered a season-ending broken leg -- a freak accident that shouldn't be held against a player.

With Posey on the shelf, the Giants will go with Hector Sanchez behind the plate.

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