Posey plans to be on field for Open­ing Day

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports -

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.

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