SCOTTSDALE — Buster Posey has seen fewer than 10 pitches in five at-bats this spring, but that has nothing to do with wanting to keep his bothersome left ankle off the hard dirt of the desert. Posey prefers to swing away in spring training and make sure he gets plenty of opportunities to lock his swing into place.
As for that ankle, Posey admitted that he had a cortisone shot recently to calm some of the discomfort, but an MRI came back clean. The ankle is the same one that was surgically repaired in 2011, and while it held up for years, Posey did deal with some discomfort last season.
“In 2012, after my injury, my ankle was cranky a lot,” Posey said. “Sometimes you just play. Most of us are not playing at 100 percent.”
The Giants describe Posey’s injury with light terms, even when he misses several games in a row. This latest flareup has been described as a “tweak” by Posey and manager Bruce Bochy. Posey doesn’t think it’ll turn into anything more, and he expects to be in the lineup on Sunday and have a normal spring going forward.
Posey had not started since Feb. 25 but he didn’t waste any time getting back into the mix. He doubled to the right field corner in his first at-bat and trotted home when Brandon Belt followed with a homer. In the fourth inning, Posey flared a single to center. He doubled in his final at-bat.
Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.
Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.
Special guests included E-40, Paramore and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.
Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.
Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:
Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.
Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016
The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.
He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.
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