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Buster Posey aiming to take batting practice and run the bases in early February

Jan 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Time for another update on Buster Posey‘s recovery from the broken leg that ended his sophomore season on May 25.

Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Posey has now progressed to 30- and 60-yard sprints along with additional agility drills and “mild distance running.”

Posey has yet to go through live batting practice and isn’t yet cleared to run the bases, but Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said that the former Rookie of the Year will advance to baseball activities by early next month, adding: “For January 9 he’s doing pretty well.”

Barring any major setbacks Posey seems likely to be ready for Opening Day, but that’s certainly far from guaranteed. San Francisco re-signed Eli Whiteside to a minor-league contract and he’ll compete with Hector Sanchez and Chris Stewart to back up (and potentially fill in for) Posey.

  1. fat4jc - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    “Posey has now progressed to 30- and 60-yard sprints along with additional agility drills and mild distance running.”

    30 & 60 yards sprints is distance running…

    – fat guy in virginia

    • paperlions - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Chipper Jones agrees.

      • Old Gator - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        And when he’s done running, how about getting the neighborhood guys together for a spirited game of BuckBuck?

      • wlschneider09 - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        BuckBuck number 1!!!!!

  2. chrisbee80 - Jan 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    It would be much better to see him as at 1B but with Belt there won’t be happening. Let’s just hope they find a way. Belt in the OF and Posey at 1B…

    • phillyphreak - Jan 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      You should really be hoping that Huff doesn’t keep fleecing his way into the starting lineup……

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