In roughly one year, Buster Posey, along with Tim Lincecum, has become the face of the franchise for the Giants. The question has been raised several times whether it's wise to continue to have Posey play the catcher position because of the wear and tear on his body.
Posey has been hit in the head with several foul tips this season, and there have been worries about concussions. The Giants were acutely aware of the dangers of head shots because their former catcher Mike Matheny's career was ended due to the effects of concussions.
Now, however, due to the vicious hit he took from Scott Cousins, Posey had surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.
We have all seen the play by now, so I won't rehash that, except to say that under the current rules, it was a legal hit by Cousins. The question of whether the rules need to change is a legitimate one and should be discussed by Major League Baseball.
Posey's left leg has been mangled with a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle. Hopefully, Posey will be able to make a full and complete recovery, but it will take a long time.
Prior to Posey's injury, I felt like the Giants' chances to make the playoffs were about 75 to 80 percent. That has now dropped to 50-50 at best.
The damage is done. Now the Giants must decide what to do and how to strengthen their team. Here's a look at how they can still play winning baseball and make the playoffs.