Giants still not circling date for Posey's debut

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Giants still not circling date for Posey's debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As expected, Buster Posey isn't in either of the Giants' split-squad lineups on Sunday. It's still anyone's guess when their cleanup-hitting catcher will make his spring debut.

Posey said he planned to catch a few bullpens and take batting practice on Sunday. The big test remains baserunning, which he might try to do on Monday or Tuesday. Club officials are concerned about his ability to make quick cuts on his reconstructed left ankle.

Posey insisted "everything is still good" and he isn't panicking over being held back over this first week of exhibition games.

In other news, Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that highly regarded outfield prospect Francisco Peguero had knee surgery in the offseason and hasn't been available to play. Peguero began last season on the disabled list because of another knee procedure.

Right-hander Clay Hensley also has been held back because of a tight right hamstring. He's due to throw in the bullpen Sunday morning. And closer Brian Wilson will face hitters (in live batting practice) for the first time this spring. Check back for updates on those two.

One more note: Angel Villalona, who beat a murder charge in the Dominican Republic but hasn't been able to secure his visa, no longer has a locker in the Giants clubhouse. That's a telling sign the visa issue won't be resolved anytime soon.

Giants release veteran infielder Gordon Beckham upon his request

Giants release veteran infielder Gordon Beckham upon his request

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants released veteran infielder Gordon Beckham on Thursday. Beckham had requested his release after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster.

The veteran infielder was in camp in hopes of winning a backup infield job, but in a crowded field, he was not headed for a spot. The Giants like Beckham's glove and love his presence in the clubhouse, but they're looking for bigger bats on their bench. Aaron Hill and Jae-gyun Hwang are among the newcomers who were ahead of Beckham on the depth chart.

"As is his right, he requested and was granted his release so he could look for other opportunities," general manager Bobby Evans said. "We were up against the clock. We needed to let him know where things stood. There are a number of (other) options here."

Beckham hit .217 with the Braves last season before being acquired by the Giants in the final week of the season. He would have been due a $100,000 bonus on March 28. The Giants were preparing to release him before that date.

Posey describes WBC: ‘Some of the most fun baseball I’ve ever played’

Posey describes WBC: ‘Some of the most fun baseball I’ve ever played’

Buster Posey already has three World Series rings to his name. And after Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday night, Posey can add 2017 World Baseball Classic champion to his ever-evolving list of accomplishments. 

On Thursday, Posey went to Instagram to show how much he truly enjoyed his time with Team USA. 

Posey wrote: "Great experience playing in the WBC! Some of the most fun baseball I've ever played!"

Great experience playing in the WBC! Some of the most fun baseball I've ever played! 🇺🇸#teamusa #wbc2017

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To preserve the catcher's health, manager Jim Leyland rotated Posey and Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy every other game, playing four each.

Posey finished the 2017 WBC hitting .267/.313/.667 and tied for the team lead with two home runs while driving in four runs.