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Posey to catch Sunday, questionable for spring opener

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Posey to catch Sunday, questionable for spring opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants have scheduled Buster Posey to catch a couple of pitchers during Sundays first workout. Manager Bruce Bochy wouldnt rule out starting Posey behind the plate for the clubs first exhibition game March 3, either.But symbolism will give way to pragmatism, Bochy said.The Giants plan to take it very, very slow with Posey while their all-important leader, catcher and cleanup hitter eases his way back following devastating left ankle and leg injuries he sustained in a home-plate collision May 25.
Ill sit down with Buster today or early tomorrow, said Bochy on Saturday, as pitchers and catchers reported to Scottsdale Stadium. Hes good to go and hes swinging the bat. Hes catching fine. But well probably take it easy on him early and pick up the pace the second week (of games).That includes plenty of rest days. Although catchers usually receive multiple bullpen sessions each day early in camp, Posey is likely to rest on Monday after catching on Sunday. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are on the list to throw Sunday; rehabbing closer Brian Wilson is on the list to throw Monday. Bochy knows to expect resistance from Posey, who is determined to catch full-time.He has already (resisted), to be honest, Bochy said. Hes set on catching right away. (But) you cant answer the question of how hell bounce back or how resilient hell be after being on the field a couple hours. Well have to keep a watchful eye.The Giants are assuming that Poseys catching workload will need to be scaled back on some level this season; they have talked about playing Posey at first base as a means to keep his valuable bat in the lineup on days he doesnt catch.But Bochy said the club wouldnt wear him out with defensive drills at first base.Early here, hell be concentrating on catching, Bochy said. Were not going to be pounding ground balls at him.Bochy is already ruling out second baseman Freddy Sanchez and Brian Wilson for the first week of exhibition games (although Sanchez is likely to be used as a designated hitter), the manager wont make the same concession with Posey.But he wont come out of the chute catching line we normally do, Bochy said. The second week of games, itll pick up. Theres a breaking in period here. We like where hes at, but youve got to see how hell respond.Everyone knows it: Poseys recovery is the most significant storyline for the Giants this spring and its integral to their chances to reestablish themselves in the NL West. Its no surprise that a large number of national media members have requested time with him after Sundays workout. The Giants arranged a news conference setting to deal with the requests.Maybe it wont be on par with the annual State of Barry news events. But Posey is every bit as important to the Giants as Barry Bonds used to be.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants drop finale in Miami

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants drop finale in Miami

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SAN FRANCISCO — The flight from Miami to San Francisco is one of the longest in the league. It will not be a happy one.

The Giants fell behind early and never recovered, losing 8-1 in the series finale with the Marlins. The Giants had won six of nine entering the road trip. They dropped a series in Washington D.C. and then lost two of three to the Marlins. 

You are here already, so here are five things to know … 

—- Matt Cain deserved better in the first, and it was kind of a stunning error that cost him. With two outs, Brandon Crawford dropped a liner that was hit right at him. The next batter, Tomas Telis, hit a two-run double. 

—- Cain was charged with five runs in four innings, but only two of them were earned. He struck out seven and walked just one, showing a good curveball throughout. Several times, he dropped down for a new look. Like I said, he deserved a bit better than that final line. 

—- Pablo Sandoval’s walk in the eighth was his first since returning to the Giants. His numbers, by the way, are right in line with his Boston numbers. 

—- Albert Suarez has seen his stuff take a tick up during this stint with the Giants, but it’s not leading to results. After giving up a walk-off grand slam on Sunday, he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings in relief of Cain. Suarez currently has a 7.43 ERA. 

—- Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 with two singles. His run of six games with a homer came to an end. I suppose that’s a small victory for the Giants?

Giancarlo Stanton to Giants? Upside vs downside from Marlins perspective

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Giancarlo Stanton to Giants? Upside vs downside from Marlins perspective

Because we are too cool to allow the games to sustain us and because we all think the purpose of sports is actually not to be the best player but the general manager, the new item on the baseball menu is not the pennant races but “Where should Giancarlo Stanton go?”

The usual suspects are listed – the Yankees, the Giants, the Chunichi Dragons, Real Madrid – and the $295 million still on his contract is not considered an impediment.

But the logic behind the Marlins keeping him is just as clear and more pressing. Namely, Bruce Sherman, the incoming owner, and Derek Jeter, the designated face, did not buy this team and promptly try to make themselves detested by the few people who still care about it.

So far, we know that the monstrous thing in center field (no, not Christian Yelich) is likely to be torn down, and that Stanton is don’t-go-to-the-bathroom-during-his-half-inning entertainment. Beyond that, we know only that the Marlins draw when they win a lot and barely at all the rest of the time. They are clearly a distant third in a four-team race with the Dolphins and Heat for people’s hearts, and now that hating Jeffrey Loria’s living guts are off the table for the fans, there really is no there, there.

So what’s the up-side of moving Stanton (and before we go any further, the Giants don’t have nearly enough assets to make that work, so calm the hell down) for the Marlins? Prospects, the dark hole that makes a three-year plan a six-year plan.

And the down-side? Sherman may as well move the team for the level of fun he’ll get from it, and the only reason to buy a team looking at a $60 million loss is for the fun. Besides, onlky a very few owners have ever made the full turn from villain to hero – the first impression almost always lasts forever.

So while Stanton may create immediate wallet relief for this aggressively average team (their current record of 57-61 is the 12th best in their 25-year history, and they’ve only had eight winning seasons ever), they also have nothing to sell the fans that they have to live with every day. And if they don’t have enough fans . . . well, I hear San Jose is always hot for a mediocre franchise that lurches between spending money and hoarding it.