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Giants get good news with Posey before Dodgers finale

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey was the first Giant out on the field Thursday morning, a great sign for a team that left the park a night earlier wondering if the All-Star catcher was headed back to the Injured List. 

Posey played catch and rode an exercise bike to get his heart rate up, and the Giants remained confident that Posey does not have a concussion. Manager Gabe Kapler was hopeful Posey could be available to hit off the bench in the late innings against the Dodgers, saying, “there’s a lot of relief that he feels good this morning and we were able to dodge a bullet.”

Posey took a foul tip off the mask in the second inning Tuesday and was removed an inning later. He passed a concussion test during the game but the Giants brought Chadwick Tromp down from Triple-A just in case Posey wasn't cleared again Thursday.

"He's feeling much, much better, so we're optimistic and confident at this point," Kapler said. 

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Posey, who has two prior diagnosed concussions in the big leagues, was not going to start the series finale anyway. Curt Casali has caught day games that come after night games and is hitting eighth Thursday as the Giants aim to take two of three from the Dodgers.