Giants' Posey progressing with rehab process


Giants' Posey progressing with rehab process

Sep. 2, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Buster Posey points to a pair of regular sneakers at the foot of his locker. Those shoes signify serious progress for San Francisco's injured star.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year catcher no longer needs a scooter, crutch or walking boot to make his way around AT&T Park. He considers himself on target to return from a devastating leg injury by the start of spring training next year.

"I'm walking around in a tennis shoe, feeling good. I think we're right on track," Posey said Friday. "Keep going. Be ready to go hopefully next spring."

Posey is gaining strength in his leg every day and is set to begin catching bullpens and hitting next month at instructional league in Arizona.

He said he will return to Arizona in a couple of weeks to continue his extensive rehab.

"It's increasing every workout, so it's just the progression of it. More and more all the time," Posey said of the intensity of working out his legs. "It's nice to have some sore muscles in my legs again."

The new father of nearly 3-week-old twins went down for the season after tearing three ligaments in his left ankle and fracturing a bone in his lower leg in a frightening home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25.

"Buster's in a good frame of mind," manager Bruce Bochy said before the opener of a key weekend series with the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. "He's enjoying walking around with no crutch and being able to do some rehab stuff. Hopefully in a month he will catch some bullpens in instructional ball."

For now, Posey is plenty busy with baby duty while he works to get himself back in baseball form.

He and his wife, Kristen, welcomed daughter Addison and son Lee on Aug. 14. Being a sleep-deprived, first-time dad with constant responsibilities at home has helped him cope with not being on the field for the struggling Giants.

Posey is arguably this team's best player - and he had so looked forward to his first full season in the big leagues batting cleanup for the reigning World Series champions.

Losing him was a huge blow for San Francisco's psyche - and Posey's.

"I don't think there's any question about it. Looking forward to the birth of my children and then them being here has definitely helped with the process of not being able to play," Posey said. "Of course it puts everything in perspective, too. Just trying to catch up on sleep now. We had a long night last night."

The Giants miss Posey's presence behind the plate and in the middle of the batting order.

He wasn't even called up from Triple-A Fresno until late May last year, then batted .305 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs in 108 games while playing catcher and some first base.

Posey hit eight of his homers after Sept. 1 and helped the Giants capture their first NL West crown since 2003.

This is the player San Francisco gave 6.2 million when he signed in August 2008, the richest deal ever for a Giants amateur.

Posey was the fifth overall draft pick that year out of Florida State and San Francisco's highest selection since Jason Grilli went fourth in 1997. The last time the Giants drafted a position player who became an All-Star for them was in 1986, when they picked Matt Williams third overall.

The Giants realized all along Posey had star potential - All-Star, they hope - after the '08 Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year led the NCAA in batting average (.472), on-base percentage (.572) and slugging percentage (.908) in his final college season. He also led Florida State with six saves and did not give up an earned run in eight appearances.

Posey even played all nine defensive positions in one game and hit a grand slam.

Now, everybody will be curious to see if he can return to the dominant player he was before that terrible day in May. For now, the Giants are encouraged - though rehabs often have their setbacks.

"Nobody's trying to get too far ahead," said Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations. "It's a significant injury and only time will tell how it will feel in the heat of battle."

Warriors assign Jones, who will play for Santa Cruz vs Reno

Warriors assign Jones, who will play for Santa Cruz vs Reno

The Warriors assigned rookie center Damian Jones to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today.

Jones will be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Reno Bighorns, which tips off at 7pm from Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.                                  

Jones has appeared in 17 games (10 starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors over the course of seven assignments this season, averaging 7.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.94 blocks in 23.9 minutes.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in eight games with Golden State this season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per contest.

Golden State Warriors media services

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

The 49ers were awarded a compensatory pick in the fourth round of the April draft, the NFL announced on Friday.

The 49ers’ additional pick – No. 37 in the fourth round and No. 143 overall – is a result of the team losing guard Alex Boone in free agency last year to the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers had no qualifying free-agent gains, according to the league.

“Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks,” the NFL stated in announcing the 32 compensatory selections.

Compensatory picks are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Compensatory picks can be traded this year for the first time.

The NFL draft is scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Here are the compensatory picks announced by the NFL with Round, No. in round, and No. overall:

Compensatory picks
3-33-97 Miami
3-34-98 Carolina
3-35-99 Baltimore
3-36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3-37-101 Denver
3-38-102 Seattle
3-39-103 Cleveland
3-40-104 Kansas City
3-41-105 Pittsburgh
3-42-106 Seattle
3-43-107 New York Jets

4-32-138 Cincinnati
4-33-139 Cleveland
4-35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4-36-142 Cleveland
4-37-143 San Francisco
4-38-144 Indianapolis
5-33-178 Cincinnati
5-34-179 Denver
5-35-180 Miami
5-36-181 Arizona
5-37-182 Kansas City
5-38-183 Cleveland
5-39-184 Green Bay
5-40-185 New England
5-41-186 Miami

6-33-218 Kansas City
6-34-219 Cincinnati
6-35-220 Kansas City

7-33-253 Cincinnati
7-34-254 Denver
7-35-255 Denver

* As the result of League discipline, the New York Giants’ original selection in Round 4 (4-23-130) has been relegated to selection 4-34-140. Because that pick is a regular selection, it does not appear on the above list of compensatory draft selections.

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 draft:

Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan

Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric

Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
Gained: Gradkowski, Gino

Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
Gained: None

Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
Gained: Davis, Demario

Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald

Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
Gained: None

Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott

Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell

Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
Gained: None

Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre

Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
Gained: McClellin, Shea

Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve

Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan

Lost: Boone, Alex
Gained: None

Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J'Marcus