Updates from Sunday, June 1
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports Buster Posey has re-entered the Giants' lineup:
#sfgiants: Pagan CF, Pence RF, Posey C, Sandoval 3B, Morse 1B, Blanco LF, Crawford SS, Hicks 2B, Hudson P.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 1, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 31
Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News provides Buster Posey's status for today's game:
Buster Posey (lower back) is out for third straight game ... Also missed two at Coors Field last week.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2014
Giants vs. Wacha: Blanco CF, Pence RF, Sandoval 3B, Morse 1B, Sanchez C, Colvin LF, Hicks 2B, Adrianza SS, Petit RHP— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 30
The Giants announced Posey is out for Friday's game:
Tonight's #SFGiants lineup: Pagan cf Pence rf Sandoval 3b Morse 1b Sanchez c Blanco lf Crawford ss Hicks 2b Bumgarner p— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 30, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 29
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle has the latest on Posey's back issues:
Buster's back is bothering him again. Nothing crazy, he said. Available to pinch-hit. No shot needed. #sfgiants.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 29, 2014
MLB Lineups' official Twitter feed reports the catcher is out for today's game:
5/29 @SFGiants lineup vs STL Pagan CF Pence RF Sandoval 3B Morse 1B Sanchez C Hicks 2B Crawford SS Blanco LF Vogelsong P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) May 29, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
The San Francisco Giants confirmed Buster Posey's return to the lineup via their Twitter account:
Today's #SFGiants lineup: Pagan CF Pence RF Posey C Morse 1B Sandoval 3B Hicks 2B Crawford SS Colvin LF Hudson RHP— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 22, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
Mercury News reporter Alex Pavlovic reports Posey still isn't ready to play:
Giants lineup tonight: Pagan CF, Pence RF, Sandoval 3B, Morse 1B, Sanchez C, Colvin LF, Hicks 2B, Crawford SS, Cain RHP— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 21, 2014
Although it doesn't sound like it will be very long until he returns according to Pavlovic:
Bochy said Posey's back feeling much better, hope is that he can start tomorrow.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 21, 2014
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was a late scratch from Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies after suffering a nerve irritation in his back.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the Giants are currently deeming this a short-term injury:
Posey out with nerve irritation in back. Day to day— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) May 20, 2014
Posey, 27, was in the lineup and played the entire game in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins. He went 0-for-3 with one run batted in, dropping him to 2-for-20 over his last six games. Speaking with the media prior to Tuesday night's game, Posey said the injury happened on a swing Sunday and is nothing "super serious," per Alex Pavlovic of The Mercury News.
Pavlovic added that he may even be used on Tuesday night:
Bochy said Posey is available to catch tonight in emergency. If he couldn't, Giants would have called up a third catcher.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 20, 2014
At this time, he's only expected to miss a couple days. The Giants are in Colorado for the first of a three-game set before traveling back home to play the Minnesota Twins over the weekend.
Posey was replaced in the lineup Tuesday with Hector Sanchez, who will probably see everyday action until the former returns. San Francisco does not currently carry a third catcher on the roster. Barring a stint on the disabled list, it would be a misappropriation of assets to bring someone up for one series.
Sanchez has already played in 27 games this season, hitting .288/.324/.455 with two home runs and 16 RBI. The 24-year-old has been a surprising bright spot in a San Francisco lineup that currently sits No. 22 in batting average.
It will nonetheless be impossible to replace the production of Posey—even if he's struggling. Posey's recent down stretch has dropped him to a .278/.369/.444 slashline, but he's key protection in the middle of the Giants' lineup. His seven home runs and 23 RBI are tied for third and second on the team, respectively.
The Giants, in typical even-year fashion, are off to a 28-17 start and lead the NL West by three games. San Francisco won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, so it is attempting to be the Bay Area's version of the San Antonio Spurs, who dominated the NBA's odd seasons in the early-2000s. Given that Posey's injury is minor, this will do little to alter that trajectory.
Still, it gives Colorado a much better chance at tying up the division with a home sweep.
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