Giants C Buster Posey undergoes hip surgery, rehab set to begin


Giants C Buster Posey undergoes hip surgery, rehab set to begin

SAN FRANCISCO -- The clock has officially started on the second significant rehab process of Buster Posey's career. 

Posey underwent surgery Monday afternoon to address a an impingement in his right hip and repair a torn labrum that bothered him at the plate all season. The Giants announced Monday evening that Posey's surgery had been completed by Dr. Marc Philippon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He will rest for a couple of days before returning to San Francisco to begin his rehab. 

Posey is expected to miss six to eight months, which puts next opening day somewhat in doubt. The Giants currently are seven months and three days from their 2019 opener at Petco Park. When he announced that he would be having surgery, Posey said he was optimistic that he would be back in time. 

"If things go smoothly with no hiccups, I'll be ready to go next opening day," he said on Friday. 

With Posey out for the remainder of the season, the Giants will give Nick Hundley most of the time behind the plate. Hundley has started every game since Posey announced he was having surgery, but manager Bruce Bochy said rookie Aramis Garcia could make his MLB debut on Wednesday. 

In his 10th big league season, Posey finished with a .284 average and .741 OPS. Robbed of an ability to generate power from his lower half, he hit just five homers and drove in 41 runs in 105 appearances.

Andrew Suarez returns to big leagues for another shot with Giants


Andrew Suarez returns to big leagues for another shot with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- For several days, the Giants listed Monday's starter as "TBA," leading to speculation that they would try an opener for a second straight week. Instead, it will be a familiar starter.

Left-hander Andrew Suarez will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to make his first big league start of the season. Suarez made 29 starts for the Giants last season, posting a 4.49 ERA in a rookie season that was a bit better than the final numbers indicated. 

Suarez did not make the rotation out of camp and has a 6.33 ERA in six minor league starts. He missed more than two weeks with a hamstring strain and has given up seven earned runs in 8 2/3 innings since returning to Triple-A Sacramento. 

"I'm sure he's chipping a little rust off," manager Bruce Bochy said. "A day like this, especially for a guy that made as many starts as he did, can be pretty uplifting and fire a guy up. We need a starter tomorrow and with his experience and what he did last year, this makes sense for us."

With Suarez and Shaun Anderson set to go the first two games against the Braves, the Giants will have taken a look at all four young pitchers who could be part of a future rotation. Dereck Rodriguez and Tyler Beede already have gotten a look and been optioned. Both are in Triple-A, currently. 

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Given the state of the roster, it's possible either Suarez or Anderson is sent back to Triple-A after his start. Bochy said the young pitchers know the deal. 

"I think they see it around baseball and they understand it," he said. 

Giants trade struggling catcher Erik Kratz to Rays days after DFA


Giants trade struggling catcher Erik Kratz to Rays days after DFA

Erik Kratz is no longer in the Giants organization. 

Three days after San Francisco designated the veteran catcher for assignment, the Giants traded the 38-year-old to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin first reported the news Thursday, and the Giants announced the news shortly thereafter. 

On Monday morning, the player to be named was announced as minor league pitcher Matt Seelinger. He'll report to Class A Augusta.

The Giants traded for Kratz in late March, wanting a veteran backup for Buster Posey while Stephen Vogt recovered from shoulder surgery. 26-year-old catcher Aramis Garcia still had minor-league options, so the front office looked for a more-polished stopgap.

But Kratz struggled in his short time wearing orange and black, slashing .125/.222/.281 in 36 plate appearances. He also made more errors (four) in 11 games behind the dish than he did in 61 with the Brewers (three) in 2018, and caught two out of nine runners stealing. 

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The Kratz trade was not the only move the Giants made at the position Thursday. They also optioned Garcia to Triple-A Sacramento in anticipation that Posey will return to the lineup Friday after a stint on the seven-day concussion list.