Posey banged up but available off bench for Giants

Posey banged up but available off bench for Giants
April 18, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Buster Posey has played in 15 of the 16 Giants games this season. (USATSI)

SAN DIEGO – It’s uncommon for Bruce Bochy to sit two of his bigger right-handed bats in one game, but the Giants’ manager felt the time was right to rest Buster Posey as well as Michael Morse for Friday’s series opener at Petco Park.

Posey was going to start two of three games here after playing all three against the archrival Dodgers. And after Posey got beat up in that series (a hard slide, a foul tip off his chest, etc.), Bochy decided his cleanup-hitting catcher could use that break sooner rather than later.

Morse has some minor hamstring tightness and Bochy didn’t want to push him. The manager took the same approach the previous couple days with shortstop Brandon Crawford, who sat out two in a row against lefties because of some hamstring tightness. Crawford took batting practice and jogged in front of trainers and is back in the lineup here.

There’s a reason Bochy has to be ultra careful. He’s operating with just a four-man bench, and that’s a roster configuration that just cannot work if any of his position players become unavailable for more than, say, 48 hours. So Bochy is managing the roster the best he can to avoid any strains or sprains that might linger.

Although the Padres' Tyson Ross isn't necessarily getting pummeled by lefties (or anyone else -- the Bishop O'Dowd and Cal product is pretty good), the Giants have four switch-hitters and three lefty bats in the lineup. The bench is all right-handed and Bochy said all of his players are available.

As a result of Posey taking the day off, Pablo Sandoval did in fact move down in the batting order … one spot, to cleanup. I asked Sandoval if he remembered what he did in his last game at Petco Park, when he hit three homers. His huge smile was all the answer he needed to provide.

The one other lineup addition is Ehire Adrianza, who not only broke an 0-for-16 and got his first hit since opening day on Thursday, but he ended up going 3-for-3 after entering as a reserve.

Bochy has the “you hit a homer, you start the next day rule.” Now he has a “you get half our six hits off the bench, you start the next day” rule.

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