Programming note: Giants-Cubs coverage starts today at 1:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; coverage of their second game starts at 4:30 p.m., also on CSN Bay Area
CHICAGO – Giants manager Bruce Bochy erred when he told reporters that Buster Posey’s left hip was bothering him. It’s actually the right side.
“It’s a 50-50 thing when I give it to you and I’m always 100 percent wrong,” Bochy said Thursday. “I’m not a roulette player, trust me.”
Either way, Bochy was glad that a day of rest and treatment made Posey playable again. He’ll remain in the lineup as the Giants resume Tuesday’s suspended game, and then catch the regularly scheduled night game.
Posey made the last out in the fifth inning on Tuesday to make it a regulation game with the Cubs ahead 2-0. So Bochy could have double-switched out Posey while making a pitching change with Yusmeiro Petit beginning the bottom of the fifth in place of Ryan Vogelsong. But Posey offered a “good” and a thumbs-up Thursday afternoon.
There will be no other changes to the Giants lineup as they resume play from the exact point where it was stopped Tuesday. Bochy said he might have considered letting Vogelsong re-enter the game if there were two outs in the fifth, but not a clean inning. The right-hander already threw his between-innings bullpen session, by the way.
The Cubs called up Logan Watkins to replace Starlin Castro, who went on the bereavement list. Even if Watkins didn’t start, he is still free to enter the game at any point. He is not considered a true proxy for Castro.
The two teams get to add a 26th player to their rosters for the night game, and the Giants recalled right-hander George Kontos from Triple-A Fresno.
Kontos arrived with the knowledge that he’s headed back to Triple-A at the conclusion of Thursday’s game. It still turns out to be a pretty good bargain for the Chicago native, who can visit with friends and family and will be back in the majors when rosters expand Sept. 1 anyway.
The Cubs hadn’t announced an extra player for the night game yet.