Before the biggest game of their season so far, the Giants got two of their best players back but lost another.
Buster Posey was brought off the IL and Kevin Gausman was activated from the family medical emergency list on Monday afternoon. In corresponding moves, Chadwick Tromp and Caleb Baragar were optioned back to Triple-A. Gabe Kapler wasn’t any closer to having his full squad, though, as Brandon Crawford went on the IL with an oblique strain he suffered in his final at-bat Sunday.
The timing of Posey’s return was key, as he slid into the third slot in the lineup against the Dodgers. Posey said he will wear a thumb guard for now but he feels pretty normal catching and swinging a bat.
“I was really hoping to be playing in the Cardinals series, so I’m happy it feels good enough to play in this series,” Posey said.
Posey hasn't played since taking a foul tip off his glove July 4 against the Diamondbacks. He came out of that game after catching one more pitch, and while the Giants were hopeful he would return after a brief break, they ended up putting him on the IL five days later. Posey ramped up his activity during the All-Star break, although he did have to miss the All-Star Game after being voted in as a starter.
Before he got hurt, Posey was batting .328 with a dozen homers. His .968 OPS is the highest of his career.
The Giants weren’t the only ones to lose a shortstop Monday. The Dodgers put Gavin Lux on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain, although they soon may have a better option at shortstop. Corey Seager took simulated at-bats before batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Monday and appears close to a return.