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Posey on 30th-place Giants: 'Disappointing is probably not strong enough'

Posey on 30th-place Giants: 'Disappointing is probably not strong enough'

DENVER — Are you a glass half-empty person or a glass half-full person? It matters after Tuesday night’s game. 

The 9-6 loss to the Rockies was No. 87 of this horrible season, and it came with some big-picture significance. The Giants (54-87) passed the Phillies (53-85) and officially took over the worst record in the major leagues. They are two games ahead of (or behind) the White Sox (54-83), the team they visit this weekend. 

If the season ended today, the Giants would have the No. 1 pick in the draft. That gives you the ability to add a superstar and also gives you a larger pool of money to spend on all your draftees. Of course, none of the current Giants care about that one bit. Most of them will be long gone by the time the prospect arrives, if he ever does. For now, they’re stuck with the half-empty reality that this season only gets worse day by day. 

The 87th loss came with plenty of the trademarks of these Giants. It also ended with Pablo Sandoval flying out to tie Johnnie LeMaster’s SF Giants record for most hitless at-bats (37). In the eighth, Buster Posey took a foul tip off the hand and immediately departed. Posey’s X-rays came back negative, which is good news. That’s rare in this season. Asked about being the worst team in the majors, Posey paused. 

“I don’t really have words for it,” he said. “‘Disappointing’ is probably not strong enough.”

Bruce Bochy said he was surprised the Giants have gone back in the tank like this after they seemed to be turning it around a bit in August. They have lost 10 of 12, bringing an ugly mark back into play. The Giants will have to go 9-12 down the stretch to avoid becoming a $200 million team that lost 100 games.

Buster Posey exits game vs Rockies after taking foul ball off bare hand

Buster Posey exits game vs Rockies after taking foul ball off bare hand

The Giants can add another injury to the list as Buster Posey was forced out of Tuesday game in Colorado after taking a foul ball off his right hand.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, with the Giants trailing 8-6, DJ LeMahieu fouled a ball off that hit Posey directly in his exposed right hand.

Posey jumped up in immediate pain and ran all the way around the pitchers mound before being met by the trainer.

Posey was removed from the game and replaced by Tim Federowicz.

After the game, manager Bruce Bochy provided an update on his catcher.

"He had X-rays. They were negative. He has a contusion on the fourth finger of the right hand. It swelled up pretty good right when it happened. So that's good news. X-rays were negative," Bochy told reporters in Denver.

About 30 minutes after the game concluded, Posey told reporters that the swelling had already gone down.

"That's probably the hardest foul tip to the hand I've had. I've been pretty lucky," Posey told reporters.

Giants lineup: Posey in the squat for Cueto's return

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Giants lineup: Posey in the squat for Cueto's return

Johnny Cueto is back on the mound for the Giants Friday night at AT&T Park and will team up with Buster Posey vs. the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals (67-66)

1. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
2. Harrison Bader (R) CF
3. Paul DeJong (R) SS
4. Matt Carpenter (L) 1B
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
7. Greg Garcia (L) 3B
8. Randal Grichuk (R) LF
9. Jack Flaherty (R) P

San Francisco Giants (53-83)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 3B
3. Joe Panik (L) 2B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P