With Posey ailing, Giants have limited options

With Posey ailing, Giants have limited options
May 20, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Buster Posey injured his back during an at-bat against the Marlins on Sunday. (USATSI)

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Buster Posey was available off the bench Tuesday night. In theory, anyway.

Of course, Posey could’ve been in a full body cast and Giants manager Bruce Bochy would have postured that the former NL MVP was cleared to play. The Giants had two healthy bench players at Coors Field, after all, and you don’t take an unloaded pistol to a duel.

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But if Posey’s back discomfort is a significant thing, you’ll know soon enough.

You don’t bring one healthy catcher to a major league game, either.

Posey doubled over on a swing Sunday against the Miami Marlins and the discomfort worsened on the club’s flight to Denver, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the beat reporters.

Here’s the rough part: Not only do the Giants lack a third catcher on the big league roster, they don’t have another receiver on the 40-man roster either. And they’ve already cleared some timber when they transferred Marco Scutaro to the 60-day disabled list.

It would be a shame if the Giants had to designate someone like infielder Ehire Adrianza, who would be snapped up in a second, to get short-term coverage behind the plate. Although Andrew Susac is tearing it up at Triple-A Fresno, the Giants probably would bring up Guillermo Quiroz if they need a catcher to back up Hector Sanchez. Quiroz has major league experience and he could be designated again when the Giants need a 40-man spot. And they want Susac to continue to catch every day to improve his game-calling skills – something he is doing right now for the Grizzlies.

The best scenario, obviously, is that Posey is fine when the Giants continue their series Wednesday at Coors Field. If Angel Pagan’s shoulder is up to playing, all the better.