Giants star Posey encouraged after hip surgery
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey sees no reason why he won't be in the Opening Day lineup against the San Diego Padres on March 28.
The six-time All-Star had his 2018 season shortened by a hip ailment that required surgery in late August, but he feels good about his health as the Giants prepare to start spring training Wednesday.
He is swinging a bat without pain and getting into the catcher's crouch without soreness.
"I kind of had that feeling a little bit already just when I got to hit," Posey told reporters of taking turns in the batting cage. "I was like, 'Man, this feels good. It feels good to be able to swing and feel like I'm swinging how I want to.'"
Of course, Posey is aware this is just the start of regaining his form.
"I'm able to hit, throw, run and everything's feeling good," Posey said. "Having said that, it's still not the same as getting on the field for live (batting practice) or the games in spring training. Then, obviously, the season's a completely different animal. But I'm optimistic that it'll be fun."
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the team will be cautious with Posey. The goal is making sure the face of the franchise is on the field throughout the season.
"I do know that we're going to be smart about it, careful about it, not just going into camp but even going into the season," Zaidi told reporters. "If things go super, super well, even if he's ready to carry a full catching load to start the season, I'm not sure that would be the prudent course for us, so I think we're really going to err on the side of caution."
Posey was the National League MVP in 2012 and has topped .300 on five occasions. He batted .284 with just five homers and 41 RBIs in 105 games last season.
Posey, who turns 32 in March, expects to do better and manager Bruce Bochy is looking for a strong comeback campaign.
"I'm sure it's going to be able to help out, the hip, being able to release it on the swing," Bochy told reporters. "I've listened to our medical staff, and they're confident this is really going to help Buster out as far as catching, throwing and on the hitting side, so I'm confident."
--Field Level Media
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