Posey: 'I felt normal'


Posey: 'I felt normal'

PHOENIX Buster Posey made a critical error. He groundedout with the tying run in scoring position to end the game. You could say hisfirst major league contest in more than 10 months couldve gone better.

But those almost seemed like nits to pick. The way theGiants see it, Posey was on the field for the entirety of a game that mattered.And all of it mattered, all right.

I felt normal, said Posey, uttering three words that willgive hope to any Giants fan.

Posey walked in his first plate appearance Friday and linedtwo singles. He just missed a cutter from Arizona closer J.J. Putz a goodpitch to hit just got on top of it but earlier in the game he managed toextend his hitting streak to 14 games.

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Yes, thats right. Posey had a 13-game streak going on May25, the night he ripped three ankle ligaments and broke his leg in a home-platecollision.

According to STATS Inc., Posey owns the longest current streakin the majors. (Although Magglio Ordonez is semi-retired, officially, with an18-game streak. And the Dodgers Matt Kemp entered his game Friday night with a13-gamer in tow.)

No.3 hitter Pablo Sandovals eyes grew wide when asked whathe thought about seeing Posey behind him in the on-deck circle.

Oh, its exciting, Sandoval said. He played very well forthe first game after the injury. Hes a great player. Were going to do a lotof things with him.

Posey's error came in the sixth inning, before Ryan Roberts' tiebreaking, bases-loaded double. Posey tried to pounce on Jason Kubel's nubber in front of the plate before it spun foul. But he bobbled it and Kubel beat the throw in a close play.

"If I could go back, I might trap it with my glove," said Posey, who tried to grab the spinning ball out of the air.

Tim Lincecum only worked with Posey once this spring, andalthough the first inning was a rocky one, he said they found a rapport.

Its just going back to that old regular comfort that wehave as pitchers out there, Lincecum said. When we have Buster out there, weknow were in a good spot. Having him back wasnt in my mind at all. It wasjust a regular game and were trying to win.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Posey would play Saturdayafternoon, and if he looks fine, hell play the next day.

Hes not showing any effects so thats behind us, Bochysaid. Hes catching great.

It might be a little optimistic to say the injury is behindPosey. Hes been warned by the training staff to expect bouts of soreness allyear long. There will be times when he will need a break; its likely he willstart at first base on Monday in Colorado, for instance.

But for now, Posey is thrilled with where hes at.

Its been continuing to improve, he said. The more Imout there, the less I think about it. I tried my best in the spring to simulatewhat the intensity level would feel like. Im really happy with where I am.

So are his teammates including shortstop Brandon Crawford,who hadnt played on the same field with Posey in a game that counted since2009 at Single-A San Jose.

In spring training, I was able to get used to that alittle, Crawford said. But hes a great player. Having him on the field isalways good.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”