Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/20/12

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has instructed catcher Buster Posey to no longer block the plate to avoid potential collisions.

Posey's 2011 season came to an end after he suffered a broken left ankle that required reconstructive surgery following a collision at home plate with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25.

"I'll take this out of Buster's hands," Bochy said. "As a manager, that's my job. I certainly don't want people to think he's backing off on his own. It's something we'll work on with him this spring."

Although he admitted he is not 100 percent yet, Posey said he is encouraged by how his rehab has progressed. Posey batted .284 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 45 games last season.

A former NCAA Player of the Year, Posey helped the Giants win the 2010 World Series in his first full season in the major leagues. He batted .305 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs in 108 games.

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