The Giants are nine innings through a 16-game stretch that will be their toughest of the year from a physical standpoint, and they've already seen two key players come out of a game.
Buster Posey was removed after four innings Wednesday with left knee discomfort and Brandon Crawford came out of the 8-0 win over the Mets three innings later because of lower back tightness. Manager Gabe Kapler said both issues seem minor right now.
"I think we're kind of looking at these as manageable injuries going forward," he said. "I think this is kind of a read-and-react situation. As of right now, there's no long-term concerns for either guy, and we're going to monitor this. My expectation is that Craw is going to play a lot on this road trip. My expectation is that Buster is going to be OK, but we'll see how they come in tomorrow."
The Giants seemed to be getting ahead of any potential missed time, at least with Posey. Chadwick Tromp was removed during Triple-A Sacramento's game and seems a good bet to fly to New York, even if it's just to be on the taxi squad for a few days. Joey Bart, the other catcher on the 40-man roster, is on the minor league IL.
Posey looked uncomfortable throughout the bottom of the fourth, so much so that home plate umpire Greg Gibson checked on him after one pitch. Kapler and trainer L.J. Petra also came out to talk with Posey, who appeared to tell them that he could continue. He finished that inning, but with the Giants leading 7-0, Curt Casali took over the rest of the way.
Kapler said the staff felt it was best to be cautious with Posey, who was said to be feeling a little better after the game. Crawford felt the tightness before the game and then again as he was running and on one low throw. Kapler was optimistic Crawford would start Wednesday.
The Giants are kicking off a stretch of 16 games in 16 days. The first six are on the road in two cities -- New York and Atlanta -- that are hot and humid right now.