Posey loses voice but not ground in batting race


Posey loses voice but not ground in batting race

SAN DIEGO Speak softly and carry a big stick?

Yeah, Buster Posey can handle that. He had no other choiceFriday night, when he absorbed a ball to the larynx, stayed in the game, rappedout his second extra-base hit of the night and widened his lead in the NL battingrace in the Giants 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

After the game, Poseys voice sounded like he swallowed aSwiss army knife.

Im good, he croaked, and nodded when asked if he wouldplay Saturday.

The play in the second inning was scary for all involved.Ryan Vogelsong bounced a curveball replays showed it actually hit EverthCabreras foot and the ball ricocheted up. Posey had tilted his head backslightly, leaving his throat exposed. The ball caught him flush on the voicebox.

Vogelsong didnt see the ball hit Posey. But when he gotcloser, I could see the seam marks on his Adams apple.

Scary moment?

I didnt really get to that point, but I know hes a toughson of a gun, Vogelsong said. Because I know if I get hit in the throat, Idbe lying on the training table. Weve got some tough guys back there, thatsfor sure.

If that wasnt enough, Posey also threw up prior to the game.He told manager Bruce Bochy that he ate something that didnt agree with him.So that made his triple to lead off the second inning his first since 2010 allthe more impressive.

It does show you how tough he is, Bochy said. He washurting, but he wanted to stay in. Well check on him tomorrow.

A check of the NL batting race:

Posey drew an intentional walk and struck out to finish 2for 4 and end the day with a .334 average. (rounded up from .33397). AndrewMcCutchen, part of a Pirates lineup that was no-hit by the Reds Homer Bailey,is at .33043.

Padres non-tender former A’s P Ross, former Giants C Sanchez

Padres non-tender former A’s P Ross, former Giants C Sanchez

NEW YORK -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.

Washington outfielder Ben Revere and Philadelphia outfielder Cody Asche also were cut loose, along with Arizona catcher Welington Castillo and pitcher Rubby De La Rosa; Baltimore pitcher Vance Worley; and Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Louis Coleman.

Milwaukee first baseman Chris Carter and Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Locke were non-tendered as well; their teams had already designated them for assignment earlier this week.

Teams cut players at the tender deadline to avoid committing to salary arbitration, in which about one-sixth of next season's salary is guaranteed.

Ross, a 29-year-old right-hander, was 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA in 2014 and 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA the following season. He was limited to one major league appearance this year and had surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome. Recovery time was expected to be four to six months, and the Padres deemed him too pricy for arbitration after he earned $9,625,000 this year.

Asche, 26, was designated for assignment earlier Friday to clear a roster spot for left-hander David Rollins, claimed off waivers from Texas. Asche hit .240 with 31 homers and 125 RBIs for the Phillies during 371 games in the past four seasons and would have been eligible for arbitration for the first time.

The 28-year-old Revere was acquired from Toronto in January for reliever Drew Storen but strained his right oblique in his first at-bat of the season, left after four innings and went on the disabled list. Revere returned May 6, hit just .217 with two homers and 24 RBIs in 103 games and would have been on track for a raise from his $6.25 million salary.

Castillo batted .264 with 14 homers and 68 RBIs and would have gotten a big raise from his $3.7 million salary.

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with two of them. 

Right-hander Cory Gearrin will get $1.05 million and infielder Ehire Adrianza will receive $600,000, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Giants will exchange figures with George Kontos, Will Smith, Eduardo Nunez and Conor Gillaspie. They traditionally have avoided going to actual arbitration hearings. 

Gearrin, Kontos and Smith will make up a chunk of the bullpen next season, while Nunez is expected to start at third base. Gillaspie, the postseason hero, should see more playing time and Adrianza is currently slated to return in his familiar bench role. 

The day was smoother for the Giants than other NL West teams. The Diamondbacks non-tendered Welington Castillo and Rubby De La Rosa and the Padres later sent mini shockwaves through the market by non-tendering former ace Tyson Ross, who is coming off a season lost to injury. Ross was one of six Padres to be let go, a list that included former Giant Hector Sanchez.