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Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Posted on: May 26, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 3:58 pm
 
Posey

By Evan Brunell


Buster Posey's collision with Scott Cousins on Wednesday fractured a bone in his lower left leg, delivering a devastating blow to the Giants.

In addition to a broken leg, Posey is thought to have torn ligaments as well,  as CSN Bay Area reports. The Giants later announced that Chris Stewart has been recalled to take Posey's place, with Brandon Belt also joining the roster along with Brandon Crawford.

Posey's broken leg could heal in one-to-two months, a time span common for a broken leg. However, broken legs can mean a wide range of severity, and the complication of torn ligaments makes a possible ETA for a return that much more murky. Some players return from a broken leg inside two months. Others miss almost two full seasons, as Kendrys Morales of the Angels can attest. It would surprise no one if Posey was done for the season, but let's exercise some restraint and wait for further clarification. He will undergo a MRI Thursday that should clarify the issue, although in Pablo Sandoval's mind, the issue's already been clarified.

"Good morning I feel so bad because we lost buster for rest of the season it's gonna be hard with out him," Sandoval tweeted on Thursday.

Posey's agent, Jeff Berry, said he was planning on calling Joe Torre, the new leader of on-field operations, in the hopes of changing the rules that allow runners to barrel into catchers.

"You leave players way too vulnerable," Berry said. "I can tell you Major League Baseball is less than it was before [Posey's injury]. It's stupid. I don't know if this ends up leading to a rule change, but it should. The guy [at the plate] is too exposed.

"If you go helmet to helmet in the NFL, it's a $100,000 fine, but in baseball, you have a situation in which runners are [slamming into] fielders. It's brutal. It's borderline shocking. It just stinks for baseball. I'm going to call Major League Baseball and put this on the radar. Because it's just wrong."

"It's part of baseball. I understand that," Bochy said in a news conference on Thursday according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "Guys run into catchers. Being a catcher, I've been in a few of them. You're in harm's way there. I do think we need to consider changing the rules a little bit because the catcher's so vulnerable -- and there are so many who've gotten hurt, and just a little bit. I mean, they've had their careers or shortened. And here's a guy that's very popular in baseball. Fans want to see him play. Now, he's out for a while. I'd like to see maybe something considered here where we can protect these guys a little bit more. They just don't have the protection to take a guy coming in full speed, with that kind of force."

Bochy said he had previously spoken to Posey about not getting out in front and blocking the plate -- and to an extent, Posey tried to honor that.

"He was not completely in front of the plate. He was in a position where he could make a tag without being hit, too," Bochy said. "He just got himself in a tough position there because [the way] his leg was situated. He was down on one knee, and ideally, you'd like to have the foot pointed that way to protect you a little bit. But, again, you're trying to handle a throw. You don't have time to get set up perfectly. That's what hurt him was his leg was tucked underneath him when he got hit."

This is a sticky situation. On one hand, Bochy clearly feels that Cousins didn't need to take out Posey. On the other, it was a game in extra innings with a potential scoring play. Cousins and the ball both arrived to Posey at virtually the same time, and if Cousins had chosen to attempt to slide to the plate, there's no guarantee he would have made it. It's just an unfortunate end result, but that's baseball.

Cousins tried to reach out to Posey, leaving two voicemails and told reporters Monday he did not sleep Wednesday night. "The last thing I wanted to do was break the guy's leg," he told the Palm Beach Post.

Belt takes the place of outfielder and pinch-runner Darren Ford, who hit the DL with an ankle sprain. The Giants were originally going to resist calling Belt up to replace Ford, but the loss of Posey has changed matters as the Giants need to find a way to inject offense into the club, and fast. The Giants won't have any trouble fitting Belt into the lineup, as first baseman Aubrey Huff is struggling with the bat while left field can also accommodate Belt's production.

Even though Huff hasn't played third base since a 33-game stint in 2008, it's possible the Giants could slide him to third temporarily to get Belt's bat in at first base, which would allow the team to continue playing Pat Burrell and Nate Schierholz in the outfield. In this scenario, Miguel Tejada would move back to shortstop, a position he vacated to fill Pablo Sandoval's absence at third. Now that the Giants have also lost Mike Fontenot to the DL due to a groin strain, the options to fill the shortstop position are weak enough to the point the club would likely benefit from Tejada moving back to short all in the name of getting Belt's bat into the lineup.

Stewart has been with four different teams in the last five years, playing mostly at Triple-A. He received eight at-bats in 2006 for his career debut with the White Sox before collecting 43 plate appearances for the Rangers in '07. The 29-year-old moved onto the Yankees, snagging just one game's worth of playing time in '08, playing for New York's Triple-A team the entirety of 2009 before returning to the bigs with San Diego last season. At San Diego he appeared in two games as a defensive replacement. Now, Stewart could easily match his career 54 plate appearances as the new tandem in San Francisco. Eli Whiteside is expected to get the bulk of the playing time in the early going, but he doesn't exactly command being slotted in the lineup every day.

Crawford, meanwhile, was playing at high-Class A, hitting .322/.412/.593 in 69 plate appearances. He spent the bulk of 2010 with Double-A, hitting .241/.337/.375 and started the 2011 season with a broken finger. The corresponding move for Crawford is not yet known, but it is likely Fontenot to the DL. He'll be the infield backup, with Emmanuel Burriss likely slotting in at shortstop if they don't move Tejada back to short.

Assuming Posey is out for a long time, if not the rest of the season, the Giants may want to call up ex-Giant Bengie Molina, who was with San Francisco from 2007 until partway through last season, when he was moved to the Rangers and faced the Giants in the World Series. Molina, a free agent, has been waiting for both the right fit and price before playing again. He may have just found it.

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:31 am
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Fore sure, many thanks for a post.Possibly looking beforehand to learn to read as a result of still more. Wonderful.



Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:48 am
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

agree, this is the town where it's ok to buttbone your buddy on the corner, but can't fire up a cig.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 1:51 am
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

There's probably nothing cooler than people bragging on the internet about how tough they are.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:32 am
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Ok, so he's an internet tough guy, and you're a real-life tough guy. But I'm tougher than the both of you, so why don't you drive up to Boston and I'll show you what tough guy means.



Tough guys don't live in Boston and I wouldn't waste my time driving up there to pummel you.  People that grew up with a silver spoon in there mouths aren't tough guys, they just think they're tough guys.  Boston is a town of wusses, you're not even as tough as the New York punks we routinely knock out at Phils and Eagles games.   



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Ok, so he's an internet tough guy, and you're a real-life tough guy. But I'm tougher than the both of you, so why don't you drive up to Boston and I'll show you what tough guy means.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

What short memories Giants have.  2003, Snow bowled over Marlins' Pudge Rodriguez.  Crybaby hypocrites....

That play didn't turn out too well for them either!!



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Oh my god, Buster Posey got hurt playing baseball, lets completely change the rules we have been using in the sport forever!

Common sense tells me that w
e as a country our getting softer in every way and it's just ridiculous to hear and even more horrible to watch, especially in sports.  Can you imagine what are football games are going to be like in 10 years if we keep going in this direction?  Now certain people want to change the culture of baseball and make a rule that you can no longer block home plate or run over the catcher while trying to score at home?    First let me say this, a lot of these people wanting to make these changes to our sports have never played the game at a competitive level or at all in a lot of cases, so in my opinion those people shouldn't have any say at all.  Second, a lot of these changes are more financially influenced then it is for the safety of the player, and that should automatically take them out of the equation.  

 I know a possible rule change in the MLB is not the most important thing in the world, but it's just another sign that the United States is no longer the great country it use to be.  I know that is a huge jump, but when you add up all these things going on in our country including changing rules of our beloved sports games, it's easy to see where we've gone wrong.  Kids staying inside to play video games of sports and war, instead of going outside and playing real sports or other physical activities, parents no longer being able to reprimand their kids with a spanking or a stern talking too, homosexuals, tattoos, plastic surgery, breast implants, divorce, trying to stop a woman's right to have an abortion, marijuana, putting money ahead of intelligence, kids and young adults not respecting or fearing their elders, putting a persons race ahead of their work ethic, reality TV, kids looking up to celebrities and athletes instead of their parents or family members, the justice system treating celebriti
es and professional athletes different, cops writing tickets to supplement their districts income instead of for enforcing laws, gas prices, buying nice wheels and tires for you car before making sure your bills are paid or your kids have good shoes and clothes, allowing illegal immigrants to come and stay in the United States with no real way of making them obey the rules of when to go back home, fighting wars we have no business being in outside of the United States with soldiers and personal from our country, weak protection of our Mexican borders, and helping other countries with their natural disasters instead of totally taking care of our own countries natural disasters.  

I know there are a lot more things I could list, but I think you get the gist of what I'm saying, and common sense will tell you that all these things our the reason our country is in the shape it is in today and the reason there is no sign of it getting any better.  All these things could easily be changed
and our country can be put back on the right track of being the once proud nation it once was, but unless that happens soon the United States will continue to spiral out of control into a respect broke country of the red, white, and pink, because blue is to strong of a color for this pussified nation that once was feared and respected across the world.  




Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

WOW! Tough break for the giants. They still have the pitching to win and it's not like they're losing johnny bench.
The other players are just going have to pick up the slack. They've got a lot of veterans on their roster so they
should be fine.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

I can recall Pete Rose ending a Catcher's Career bowling over him in an All-Star Game of all things.  I am pretty fed up with Start player gets injured and we need to make sure no other star player gets injured.  This is a competitive sport and some of the best players ever to play this game play it with wreckless abandon.  As far as the rule change goes.  I see $$$ signs as the only real motivation for changing this rule.  Bochy said it himself when he commented that people want to see the kid play...  Leave the game alone you've already done enough damage by creating interleague play, making the All-Star game determine home field advantage for the World series, and for having Bud Selig as commissioner.

So I offer this suggestion:  Air-Bags for the catchers equipment that are activated as soon as a player comes into contect with the catcher.  Or the Mars Rover Landing system inflates to protect the catcher.  Either way it eould be funny to see premature activation of either Safety Precaution.



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Posey breaks leg, Giants call for Belt

Not this time !!! lmao
 


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