DENVER – The Giants are dealing with more than the general malaise that comes from being baseball’s worst team since mid-May.
Their trainer’s room is chock full of injured players – including Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey.
Scutaro is dealing with more of the same pain in his back and pelvis that he experienced in spring training. He felt good enough to talk his way into the lineup Saturday, but he needed a rest Sunday.
And Posey has been unable to catch because of what he described as “general tightness” in his legs. Giants manager Bruce Bochy even declined to stick Posey behind the plate when he double-switched in the ninth inning Saturday. Hector Sanchez came in for Guillermo Quiroz, instead.
Bochy said Posey’s leg issues are not related to his reconstructed left ankle. The manager expected that Posey would start behind the plate Monday at Cincinnati.
Posey’s bat is too potent to take out of a struggling lineup, so he is starting at first base for the second consecutive game Sunday. That means Brandon Belt, who is hitting .321 against left-handers, is sitting against one for the second day in a row.
Bochy said he met with Belt on Sunday to explain the box he’s in with Posey. They discussed the possibility of playing left field, but Bochy didn’t want to chance it here at Coors Field, where there’s a lot of territory to cover.
“At this point I don’t think he’s had enough work out there,” Bochy said. “In this ballpark, it’s not the time to try this.”
Was it an organizational decision to stop getting work for Belt in the outfield?
“Yeah, he’s our first baseman,” Bochy said. “Buster, he’s our catcher who occasionally plays first to get a break. It’s just these two days, he needs a break behind the plate.”
Bochy said he and Belt “talked about” starting to do some outfield work, but the manager sure didn’t give an eager vibe. Belt only started four games in left field last year.
The Giants are still dealing with other injuries as well, and not just the guys like Angel Pagan, Ryan Vogelsong, Santiago Casilla and Chad Gaudin, who are on the disabled list.
Joaquin Arias still isn’t ready to do anything more than pinch hit because of his strained hamstring. Brandon Crawford is in the lineup against a left-hander for a second consecutive day.
And the Giants can’t look ahead to a day off until the All-Star break. They are only through two days in a patch of the schedule in which they’ll play 17 consecutive without a respite.
“With the schedule, these guys are feeling it right now,” Bochy said. “It’s affected us, no question. But aches and pains are things that players have to deal with.”