Posey's workload about to increase


Posey's workload about to increase

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey pounced on a bunt in front of the plate, he hit a well struck sacrifice fly, he singled up the middle and he kept up his stamina in a spring-high six innings behind the plate.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy liked what he saw Tuesday. He wants to see more.

"Watching him catch and throw and swing the bat, he's not showing any effects from his surgery," said Bochy, after a 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. "The way he pounced on that bunt ... he's good to go. Buster's fine.

"We'll start cranking it up a little bit here."

Posey still hasn't caught on consecutive days and the Giants aren't ready to test him yet. He'll start as the designated hitter Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Bochy said.

But those back-to-back starts are in his near future as the Giants try to gauge how many games he'll be able to catch this season. Head trainer Dave Groeschner has told Posey to expect bouts of soreness all season as he plays on his surgically repaired left ankle; he tore three ligaments and broke his fibula in a home-plate collision May 25.

Posey hung tough against Trevor Bauer, the Diamondbacks' top pitching prospect and the third overall pick last June. He hit a loud sacrifice fly in the first inning on a fastball in the upper 90s.

Posey also worked a few long innings as he coaxed Barry Zito through some command issues; Zito walked four and allowed seven hits but yielded just three runs in five innings.

Arizona won in the ninth when A.J. Pollock drizzled a pitch from minor league left-hander Wilmin Rodriguez into the left field stands.

Barry Bonds predicts he can still smash Splash Hit: 'Without a doubt'

Barry Bonds predicts he can still smash Splash Hit: 'Without a doubt'

Barry Bonds stepped into Giants' broadcast booth with Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow during the top of the third inning Sunday and Kuiper immediately brought up the shape Bonds is in at 52 years old. 

"Still think you can play, probably?" Kuiper asked Bonds. 

After giving Kuiper the look, Bonds replied, "About an inning or two."

Moments later, the cameras moved to McCovey Cove past the right field wall at AT&T Park where Bonds famously hit home runs deep into the water. Of the 73 Splash Hits off Giants bats into the cove, Bonds is responsible for 35 of them. 

Now an avid cyclist who still picks up a bat from time to time, Bonds is fully confident that number would rise if he stepped into the batter's box again. 

"I promise you I will," Bonds replied when Krukow asked if he could still hit home runs into the water. "Without a doubt." 

Krukow predicted Bonds would need 10 swings to get it done. Bonds says he might need just a few more.

"Well it would take me eight swings to get warmed up, three pop ups and then I'd get it," he said with a laugh. 

During spring training this year, Bonds joined the Giants as a special instructor. And he proved his claim of more Splash Hits could certainly be true as he showed off his legendary swing and cracked balls over the wall in Scottsdale

Bonds hit his final home run of his career, No. 762, on Sept. 5, 2007 on the road against the Rockies in a 5-3 Giants win. The Giants are adding Bonds to their Wall of Fame on July 8. 

More toaster magic? Bochy, Crawford sign appliance before Giants game

More toaster magic? Bochy, Crawford sign appliance before Giants game

When you have the second worst record in the National League, you'll try anything, right?

It appears the Giants are looking for some of the same magic Klay Thompson and the Warriors received during their run to the 2017 NBA title.

Prior to Sunday's game against the Mets, Giants manager Bruce Bochy and shortstop Brandon Crawford signed a fan's toaster.

The legend of the toaster is well-documented for the Warriors now.

In March, Warriors fan Ronnie Reyes had Thompson autograph a toaster at a signing event. Thompson looked a little puzzled after he autographed the appliance. But from that moment, the Warriors went 31-2 en route to the NBA championship. The only losses came on April 10 when Thompson did not play against the Jazz and Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cavs. They were 30-0 with Thompson in the lineup until losing to Cleveland.

So mark June 25 down on the calendar. If they Giants turn things around, you may have to credit this autographed toaster.