Buster Posey to Miss 6-8 Months After Surgery on Hip Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2018

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey talks to an umpire before the pitch against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Aug 24, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey announced Friday he's set to undergo season-ending surgery on his hip Monday. The procedure comes with a six- to eight-month recovery timetable.

"So if things go smoothly with no hiccups, I'll be ready to go next Opening Day," Posey said, via Chris Haft of MLB.com.

The 31-year-old Georgia native missed three of the Giants' past six games because of the injury.

San Francisco has struggled to remain on the fringe of playoff contention. Its 63-67 record leaves it nine games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West and the same amount behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL's second wild-card spot.

"You don't want to say you're out of it until you're out of it," Posey said. "But unfortunately, where we are, I think it makes the most sense to get this taken care of."

The Florida State product will finish the 2018 season with a .284/.359/.382 triple-slash line and five home runs across 105 appearances.

Nick Hundley will get a lion's share of the starts behind the dish for the Giants moving forward.

Posey, who's resume includes three World Series titles, the 2012 NL MVP Award and six All-Star Game selections, will be in a race against time to get ready for the 2019 campaign.

If he's ready by the beginning of the timeline, he'd miss only a small portion of spring training, but if it takes the full recovery period, he'd miss the first month of the regular season.

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