Posey: 'I don't think I've been that excited to take live BP, ever'

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Posey: 'I don't think I've been that excited to take live BP, ever'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The first live batting practice is amuch-anticipated day in camp. Sergio Romo immediately figured out it was abigger deal than usual.Obviously, you know, said Romo, When the first hitter yousee is Buster Posey and hes getting a standing ovation.Posey got to compete against live pitching for the firsttime since May 25, when his left leg shattered in a home-plate collision. Sincethen, the gift of the game is being returned to him in small boxes. This onewas especially shiny.I dont think Ive been that excited to take live battingpractice ever, said Posey, his eyes joyfully wide.
Posey saw 15 pitches from Jeremy Affeldt and Romo, swung ateight and managed to get at least a piece each time. His last round againstRomo included an apparent ground-rule double (on a slider) and a crisp linedrive to left field (on a challenge fastball.)REWIND: Posey pumped to face live pitching
Romo has never been so glad to give up a couple of ringingknocks.Its very uplifting and exciting to have Buster out there,doing whats normal, Romo said. Because hes not normal. There are few guyslike him. But for him to say hes feeling normal is a huge lift for us.Romo said his competitive juices started to flow and he hadto remind himself to use the session to work on his pitches. But he also wantedto find something out about his cleanup-hitting catcher. So he grooved afastball on the last pitch.Like, 'Lets see how far he hits it, Romo said. I did it(two years ago) to (Juan) Uribe when he took me deep. Id venture to sayBuster is comfortable (facing) me. It doesnt offend me when they swing. Hey,take your hacks. I want you to be ready as much as I want to be ready.Posey tried to get ready by standing in during bullpensessions to track pitches. It was a different feeling to react in the box,though. Hes going through the same exercise as the rest of the hitters, excepthis layoff has been more than twice as long.Its all about getting your timing, Posey said. Itsseeing some pitches and working on backing up the ball as much as I can. Iguess I didnt really know what to expect, but I was happy with how I felt. Thats the first arm Ive seen sincelast May. Regardless of the result, the goal is to see the ball as well as youcan and get your timing. So whether you square it up or not, you feel on time.Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Poseys excitement levelwould be the same when he plays in his first game. Its never easy, but helooks comfortable and he feels good, and thats whats important.When will that first game be? Will Posey start theexhibition opener against Arizona next Sunday? Bochy said he wouldnt have ananswer for two or three more days.But I will say hes doing fine, Bochy said.Sundays workout also marked the first time this spring thatPosey caught on consecutive days. He received Matt Cain for the first BPsession on the main field, then joined the hitting group against Affeldt andRomo.BAGGARLY: Cain, Sandoval involved in scary moments during live BP
Posey said Cain looked really good. His ball was jumping.He threw fastballs and changeups, then curves. He looked great.As for Poseys reconstructed ankle, he said he hasnt dealtwith any setbacks thus far this spring. But he continues to take it day to daywith the training staff.In these past nine months Ive got it figured out where mythreshold can be, said Posey, who required two surgeries to repair three tornligaments. I know what that is after getting loose, and knowing when not topush it.

Giants now hoping Cueto arrives later this week

Giants now hoping Cueto arrives later this week

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants will go at least one more turn through the spring rotation without their top right-hander.

Johnny Cueto didn't arrive over the weekend, as hoped, but general manager Bobby Evans said Cueto is now expected in camp later this week. Cueto has missed the first two weeks while tending to his 71-year-old father, Domingo, who has been dealing with health problems. The Cuetos are trying to secure a visa for Domingo so he can come to the United States, and the Giants believe that process should be wrapped up in the next couple of days. 

While Cueto has missed workouts at Scottsdale Stadium and the early slate of Cactus League games, he has been throwing bullpen sessions in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. Cueto has faced Giants prospects during live BP sessions, too. 

"It's not the same as having Rags and Gardy's hands on you and facing big leaguers and pitching in games here," Evans said. "But there is a large percentage of value in what he's doing there. Based on our calculations, assuming this doesn't go much longer, he should be lined up for the start of the season."

Cueto's participation in the World Baseball Classic remains up in the air, and Evans said that while Cueto has communicated to the Dominican team that he may not be able to play, a final decision has not been made. The Dominican Republic is scheduled to open play on March 9 in Miami. The Giants have not yet told Cueto that he has to skip the event, but the timeline is starting to make the decision a no-brainer. Coaches and players surely would not be thrilled if Cueto showed up later this week and then immediately left to represent another team. Cueto had originally been scheduled to start multiple spring games before leaving for the WBC. 

Cueto's first regular season start will come April 4 at Chase Field in the second game of the season. 

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

BOX SCORE

At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.