Posey plays four innings, nabs base-stealer


Posey plays four innings, nabs base-stealer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In his gradual return from a horrifichome-plate collision last May 25, Buster Posey took another step by playingfour innings in the Giants 7-5 win over the Mariners Sunday.Posey was hitless in two at-bats against 2010 American LeagueCy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, after going 0-for-1 against AroldisChapman Friday, but was happy with the progress. I felt good, Posey said. I got ahead 2-0 in bothat-bats. I saw some good pitches in the first at-bat. Got a pretty good pitch2-0, just rolled over it. I feel good at the plateI feel like Im seeing theball well.Even though Posey is still searching for his first hit inthree at-bats, he nailed his first would-be base-stealer after two missedopportunities.
After Carlos Peguero singled off Brian Wilson in the fourth inning, he tried totake second, but Posey popped up out of the crouch smoothly and fired achest-high throw to Emmanuel Burriss, who applied an easy tag for the third outon a bang-bang play.Wilson was happy to have the man who caught his WorldSeries-clinching pitch in 2010 back behind the plate.Hes a huge part of the team and the energy, Wilson said. Weasked him as a rookie to be a leader behind the dish with the remarkablepitching staff that we have. It was a blow to the energy last year having himout. Hes had a long winter, but hes been extremely disciplined and hes doingall he can to get back. It was nice to see him behind the dish todayrealnice.Posey didnt appear to hold back running the bases after making contact in bothat-bats.I felt more comfortable getting out of the box today then Idid a couple of days ago, he said.Posey was also tested in the second inning as the Mariners mounted a long rallyto keep him in the crouch for longer than normal. But he was happy to have theopportunity to put pressure on his surgically repaired ankle.Its nice just to have some different situations, Poseysaid. As much as I want it to be 1-2-3 for my own sake, its good to have alittle bit longer innings and to test it a little bit.Posey said the plan is to catch four innings again on Tuesday. But Bruce Bochysaid he would wait until talking with head trainer Dave Groeschner beforefinalizing the schedule for Poseys next appearance.

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.”