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Buster Posey already playing catch, doing squats

Sep 10, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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Buster Posey‘s rehab remains on track.

According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the 24-year-old backstop played catch Saturday for the first time since undergoing reconstructive ankle surgery following a late-May collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.

Posey experienced no issues during the short throwing-only workout, and was filled with enthusiasm during a chat with reporters afterwards.

“I never thought I’d be so excited driving to the field today just to play catch for seven minutes,” Posey said Saturday. “It’s a big confidence boost, even something as simple as playing catch. It’s so nice. … No pain It’s just stiff and weak. The biggest challenge is getting the range of motion back.”

Posey has also been doing squats in the weight room on a daily basis, along with conditioning and balance drills. He will head to the Giants’ spring training complex in about a week and will spend over a month there before heading home to Georgia for the offseason. The fifth overall pick in 2008, Posey batted .284/.368/.389 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 45 games this season. He won the Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 10, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Great news. Hope he gets all is strength and stability back. So much talent at such a young age. I would hate to see him affected long term by an injury suffered at such a young age.

  2. paulydefense - Sep 11, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Sounds lovely.

  3. babyjesus69 - Sep 11, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    need to move him to first base or outfield PRONTO!

    • marklar1025 - Sep 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      with Huff, Belt and Pill in the mix at 1B I think moving him there makes no sense. Posey leads the field from the C position.

  4. goawaydog - Sep 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    And there was joy in Mudville again.

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Sep 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    I ain’t doing squat now either; wish my son was home from college we could play catch.

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