San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey left Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Rockies early with tightness in his right hamstring, though the good news is that manager Gabe Kapler believes Posey will be back in the lineup by Friday.
The bad news, however, is that injuries such as Posey’s are adding up for Kapler and the dugout.
Here’s a rundown from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, noting that not every injury has resulted in a trip to the IL, though there have been plenty of those for Giants’ players this season.
San Francisco has 11 men on the injured list, not including Posey, who came out of the series finale in Denver in the seventh; Alex Dickerson, who was iffy with shoulder soreness but pinch hit in the eighth; and Wilmer Flores, who was bruised after fouling a ball off his knee.Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle
Those injuries are certainly adding up, and the situation definitely poses a challenge for Kapler. The Giants have been one of the best teams in baseball thus far, but can they keep that up with so many health issues?
Here’s how Posey tweaked his hamstring. Naturally, he was giving extra effort. The guy’s got the heart of a champion.
A little insult to injury there, but as I said. they guy’s a gamer.
That’s why Kapler expects Posey back soon. The star catcher stayed in the game for two innings after this play, so the injury can’t be too serious. With all the health concerns piling up, Kapler can ill afford to see Posey on the shelf, so the franchise must be breathing a sigh of relief. The squad will look to keep rolling — hopefully with Posey in the lineup — on Friday against the Padres at Oracle Park.
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