Posey plans to be on field for Opening Day
August hip surgery wiped out the final month of the season for Buster Posey.
But just as the Giants planned, Posey expects to be ready for Opening Day this March.
After undergoing an operation to repair a microfracture in his right hip, Posey said he began swinging the bat three weeks ago and plans to take the field for the first spring workout in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday.
“I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to play and have the same workload that I have had,” Posey said.
Posey said he’ll coordinate with trainer Dave Groeschner and develop modifications for workouts if needed, but Posey is confident he’ll be a regular participant throughout the spring.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants will take extra precautions with Posey as their catcher gears up for the regular season and manager Bruce Bochy explained he’ll take a day-by-day approach during spring training.
“I’m sure it’s going to help, that hip, he’s going to be able to release it on the swing,” Bochy said. “I listen to our medical staff and they’re confident that this is really going to help Buster out as far as catching and throwing and on the hitting side.”
After catching 122 games in 2016 and 97 in 2017, Posey appeared in just 88 games behind the plate last season due to his injury.
At the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Bochy said he remains hopeful Posey can return to catching around 120 games this year, but Zaidi said the Giants may opt to ease his workload at the beginning of the season.