What a sight for sore eyes!
There he was, sitting in the squat, receiving fastballs and assorted other pitches from familiar batterymates Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
And there he also was in the batting cage, swinging his lumber with that sweet, familiar stroke.
Buster Posey looked great on Sunday, the second day of spring training.
Still recovering from a trenchant leg and ankle injury that wasted most of his 2011 season, Buster reminded his teammates, coaches, a few local reporters and national media folks, and fans on hand at Scottsdale Stadium that Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.
During BP, he roped pitches to left field mainly, even blasting a couple high over the fence into the lawn seats. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Posey looked good in all four rounds of batting practice.
Behind the plate, he dug out a couple of pitches in the dirt. But no blocking yet. That’s coming later, so says skipper Bruce Bochy.
I think Pavlovic said everything you want to hear as a Giants fan when he wrote, “Aside from the brace on his left leg, there are no signs so far that Posey was ever hurt.”
Posey is pining to play in the March 3rd Cactus League opener against the D-backs and I say let him!
My inside scoop, Crook, got some nice stills and shot some video of one of Posey’s BP sessions and was kind enough to send it to me for your viewing pleasure:
How Posey’s ankle and leg respond to baseball activity remains to be seen. He told Pavlovic that his ankle is sore when he wakes up, but “after a few steps it feels normal. I’m really happy with way everything felt today.”
So is Lincecum, who told Comcast SportsNet’s Andrew Baggarly, “it was like having the old Posey back.”
Of course, if things get too bad, Bochy could always toss him out in left field, like he did with Pablo Sandoval for an inning during the Taiwan tour in November.
That idea wouldn’t fly with Buster, though, who told reporters, “I’m too slow (to play in the outfield). Then again, Burrell played out there.”
Besides, Posey’s intent on being a catcher. And that’s it. He knows the day is coming when his body will force him to first base or SH (if he ever ends up in the American League). It’s foolish to think otherwise. Ivan Rodriguez, Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek…the list of converted catchers is larger than the number of pain pills these (and most other major league) backstops have had to swallow from years of taking a beating behind the dish.
But for now, he’s still a catcher and still has a lot of fire in his belly to prove that his place among the Johnny Bench‘s and Gary Carter‘s of the world is secure.
Posey’s not the only Giant trying to work the kinks out this spring.
According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, pitcher Barry Zito is looking to add some velocity and more movement to his pitches by using his legs more.
Schulman also noted that right-hander Ryan Vogelsong might be out a couple weeks with a strained back that he suffered while lifting weights earlier this month. An MRI confirmed the strain, similar to the one Brian Wilson showed up to camp with last year.
Speaking of Wilson, he too threw off a mound today. So far, so good for B-Weez, whose right elbow flared up late last season.
Sandoval has been a tweeting (and workout) fool the past couple of days. He’s been working out in Miami until he and the rest of the non-injured offensive dudes show up to Scottsdale on Thursday. Most of the Panda’s tweets have been centered around his workout sessions with his trainer, Greg Oliver. He did happen to toss out a tweet about a Pepsi commercial that he shot with Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and pitcher Carlos Zambrano.
Among the national media outlets at Scottsdale Stadium today: ESPN, FOX Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, and USA Today. No Showtime. But you already knew that.
Here are a couple of stills featuring Zito, Lincecum, Wilson and Posey, courtesy of the Crookmaster:
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