A couple of key Giants have had flare ups with body parts that have cost them time before, one more serious than the other.
Before Tuesday night's game against the Rangers, manager Gabe Kapler said Buster Posey was scratched from the lineup with right hip tightness and Alex Wood will have an ablation procedure on his tight back. Posey has felt irritation in the hip, which he had surgically repaired in 2018, for a few days, but Kapler stressed that it's minor and sitting him is "definitely precautionary." He said the staff may have Posey rest through Saturday's off day.
"Really, really want to stress that it's not something that we're concerned about," Kapler said. "This is really just a precautionary measure."
After sitting out the 2020 season, Posey has played in seven games this spring, picking up two singles and a double in 12 at-bats, with four walks. Joey Bart, who was optioned to Triple-A's roster on Monday, will start in Tuesday night's game, which is televised on NBC Sports Bay Area.
Wood has been out for a few days after feeling back tightness. The procedure will burn away an inflamed nerve in his back, which also bothered him in 2019. Wood made just seven starts for the Reds that season because of back problems and he'll be off from throwing for a few days, but Kapler said it's too soon to rule him out for the opening day lineup.
"We're kind of of the mindset right now that it's going to be a tolerance thing for Alex after the first couple of days and the soreness from the small procedure subsides, and we'll see where we are then," Kapler said. "I don't want to make any definitive predictions here and we'll stay open."
If Wood is not able to go the first week of April, the Giants likely would slide Logan Webb into their rotation. Webb has 10 strikeouts in six shutout innings this spring.