Programming note: Giants-Cubs coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
CHICAGO – Giants catcher Buster Posey is out of Wednesday’s lineup because of a sore left hip that had begun to affect his at-bats, manager Bruce Bochy said.
Posey stayed in the clubhouse during batting practice to receive treatment. Bochy said it was his belief that Posey would be available off the bench and could return to start at catcher Thursday.
Still, any injury to the former NL MVP is a significant development for a club fighting in two playoff races – especially given Posey’s subpar second half a year ago.
“It was evident when he swung the bat,” Bochy said of Posey, who was 0 for 3 and popped out in the fifth inning to make Tuesday’s controversial weather and tarp-shortened 2-0 Cubs victory a regulation game.
[BAGGARLY: After seeing specialist, Belt's season could be over]
“I could put him at first base but he’s better served taking the whole day,” Bochy said. “Occasionally it’s flared up. We think he’ll be fine. Sometimes you want to get it cleared up.”
Posey, the 2012 NL batting champ, is 7 for 38 with one extra-base hit over his last nine games (.184), knocking his season average down to .278.