SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey pounced on a bunt in front of the plate, he hit a well struck sacrifice fly, he singled up the middle and he kept up his stamina in a spring-high six innings behind the plate.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy liked what he saw Tuesday. He wants to see more.
"Watching him catch and throw and swing the bat, he's not showing any effects from his surgery," said Bochy, after a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. "The way he pounced on that bunt ... he's good to go. Buster's fine.
"We'll start cranking it up a little bit here."
Posey still hasn't caught on consecutive days and the Giants aren't ready to test him yet. He'll start as the designated hitter Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Bochy said.
But those back-to-back starts are in his near future as the Giants try to gauge how many games he'll be able to catch this season. Head trainer Dave Groeschner has told Posey to expect bouts of soreness all season as he plays on his surgically repaired left ankle; he tore three ligaments and broke his fibula in a home-plate collision May 25.
Posey hung tough against Trevor Bauer, the Diamondbacks' top pitching prospect and the third overall pick last June. He hit a loud sacrifice fly in the first inning on a fastball in the upper 90s.
Posey also worked a few long innings as he coaxed Barry Zito through some command issues; Zito walked four and allowed seven hits but yielded just three runs in five innings.
Arizona won in the ninth when A.J. Pollock drizzled a pitch from minor league left-hander Wilmin Rodriguez into the left field stands.
We have some sad news to report.
Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.
Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.
"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.
Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.
When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.
The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.
San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.
"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."
While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for.
"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says.
Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020.
"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said.
The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.