Buster Posey Replaced by Yadier Molina in MLB All-Star Game Due to Hip Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 11:  Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants scores against the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the seventh inning at AT&T Park on June 11, 2017 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the 2018 MLB All-Star Game due to a hip injury.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic provided the context behind the issue:

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was announced as Posey's replacement. 

Posey was named as a reserve for the National League on Sunday. Molina joins Willson Contreras and J.T. Realmuto as the other NL catchers on the roster.

Posey dealt with nagging ankle issues throughout spring training, which required a cortisone shot and a precautionary MRI. However, scans came back clean, and Posey was ultimately cleared to return to the field. 

Through 74 games so far this season, the five-time All-Star has slashed .285/.367/.412 with five home runs and 27 RBI a year after hitting .320 and ranking second in wins above replacement (4.3) among all catchers, according to FanGraphs.com

Should they keep Posey out of any games to allow his hip to heal, the Giants will pivot to 34-year-old Nick Hundley as their primary backstop.

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