Buster Posey Injury: Updates on Giants Catcher's Finger, Potential Return Date
What was initially thought to be merely a bruised finger for San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey has just took a turn for the worse, as manager Bruce Bochy confirmed X-rays showed his catcher suffered a fracture to his right ring finger.
According to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the Giants skipper indicated Posey will sit out the next couple of days to see how he feels before making a decision on his status:
Posey has a "little fracture" in his finger, Bochy said. He can play if he can tolerate it. Off a couple days.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) September 6, 2013
The reigning National League MVP suffered the injury Tuesday while trying to block a pitch in the dirt. He left the game against the San Diego Padres early after suffering the injury, and has yet to be back in the lineup.
Initially diagnosed as a bruise with a torn fingernail, the Giants sent Posey to receive X-rays Thursday after being slow to recover. Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reported that while he's feeling better, Posey still feels unable to swing a bat:
Posey had X-ray today, doesn't have results yet. Feels better but still not ready to take swings.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 5, 2013
Posey also spoke to Baggarly after receiving the news, indicating he hopes to return in a couple days—falling in line with his manager's initial assessment:
Posey said fracture will heal on its own. "Hopefully in a couple days it'll calm down and I can play through it."— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) September 6, 2013
While the plan seems to be Posey testing his finger out in a few days, the Giants can afford to be cautious in this situation. The defending World Series champs are 62-78 after Thursday night's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 21.5 games behind the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco has struggled to produce runs, ranking 26th in runs scored and 27th in team slugging percentage.
Posey has been one of the few bright spots in the lost season. The 26-year-old catcher has a slash line of 309/.377/.475, hitting 14 home runs and batting in 69 runs. Those numbers are markedly down from last season's MVP campaign, but Posey has nearly been a five-win player nonetheless.
The Giants have used Hector Sanchez in lieu of Posey thus far. He has one hit in 10 at-bats as an everyday option.
But despite the massive chasm between Posey and Sanchez's talent level, don't expect San Francisco to rush its star back. The incentive just isn't there for a team mere days from being mathematically eliminated from a World Series defense.
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