Posey deemed ready for back-to-back duty behind plate


Posey deemed ready for back-to-back duty behind plate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey caught a spring-high seven innings on Monday, and when he returned to the dugout, manager Bruce Bochy had one question for him.

"How do you feel about catching tomorrow?"

Posey said he was up for it. That's exactly what Bochy wanted to hear, since Tim Lincecum will be on the mound against the Los Angeles Angels -- and the Giants' projected opening-day battery still hasn't teamed together this spring.

"He needs to catch Timmy for opening day," Bochy said. "So it's important. ... I talked to him and he felt fine."

Posey continues to look as good as the Giants could expect given the severity of last season's left ankle injury. He couldn't block one of Jeremy Affeldt's pitches in the dirt but made an easy team with Ryan Vogelsong during the right-hander's Cactus League debut.

It's easy to forget, but Vogelsong and Posey worked together in just three of the first-time All-Star's 28 starts last season.

"It felt good to catch the majority of the game today," Posey wrote on his Twitter account. "Weve made a lot of progress as a team this month ... and Im looking forward to finishing strong as we head into the season."

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

Ex-Giants 3B signs deal with Yomiuri Giants in Japan

TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.

The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.

McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.

This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.

The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.