San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey Headed for the Designated List
The San Francisco Giants star catcher, Buster Posey, might be headed to the DL after getting hit in the head with a pitch in Monday’s home opener.
Who would’ve thought that when San Francisco Giants star and fan favorite, Buster Posey, stepped into the batters box in Monday’s home opener, it would be his last at-bat in a while.
After Taijuan Walker hit Posey in the head with a 94 mph fastball, AT&T park collectively gasped, and then booed, rightfully so.
According to CSN Bay Area beat writer, Alex Pavlovic, Posey is headed to the DL.
It’s likely a 7 day Concussion DL move, which doesn’t free up a 40-man spot. That means when they’ll add Tim Federowicz to the roster before tonight’s game, someone is going to get designated for assignment. That someone will be Clayton Blackburn, according to Pavlovic.
So for now, Federowicz will back up Nick Hundley, and Aaron Hill will be the emergency catcher according to Bochy.
The Giants endured this last season with Joe Panik, as he was hit in the head by a pitch from Matt Moore, who was with the Tampa Bay Rays at the time. Panik took a long time to get back to normal. That might be some concern for Giants fans, as they hope Posey doesn’t go through the same thing.
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If the Giants put him on, the next day he’d be available to return to the roster is April 19th, which means he really likely won’t play until the April 21st series against the Rockies.
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The Giants made the move for Hundley for exactly this reason. If this were the case last year, Trevor Brown would be the guy stepping in. That’s a less than ideal situation for the Giants. Even if this is still less than ideal, it’s a much better situation to be in than if this happened last year. We wish a speedy, and full recovery to Buster Posey.