Posey sat out most of last season, after a collision at home plate with Miami Marlins' outfielder Scott Cousins left Posey with a left leg injury that sidelined him from any physical activities until recently. Now, the Giants plan on testing that left leg in Spring Training and see how it reacts.
According to Comcast SportsNet's Andrew Baggarly, Bruce Bochy plans on starting Posey behind the dish on Friday, seven games into San Francisco's Spring Training schedule.
Bochy plans to debut Posey at catcher Friday: Welcome back, kid. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he plans for Bu... bit.ly/yhBFHx— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 8, 2012
All eyes are sure to be on Posey, that left leg and his bat that is so dearly needed if the Giants are to hang tough in the National League West this season.
He is clearly the heart and soul of this Giants ball club. In his rookie season, Posey played a significant role in helping the Giants get their first World Series title in San Francisco. Last season, we saw just how much he really meant to this team.
After he went down with injury, the team seemed mentally drained down the stretch when a playoff push was needed. The team was dismal on the offensive side of the ball and lacked that middle of the order bat to help drive in runs and take meaningful at-bats.
With Posey assuredly back in the Giants' line-up for Opening Day 2012, the Giants should feel like a new team, and the news that we are going to see him back on the field calling pitches behind the plate on Friday only further adds to the team's hyped morale.
Look for the Giants to take several precautions on Friday, but just seeing him with the mask on Friday should be enough to get the baseball juices flowing back in San Francisco.