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Buster Posey could make his Cactus League debut by the weekend

Mar 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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The Giants have held Buster Posey out of the lineup for the early part of the Cactus League schedule, but he’s slowly ramping up baseball activities in preparation for his first game action since his horrific injury last May 25.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com today that Posey could make his spring debut “possibly by the end of the week.” It’s likely he’ll be eased back into action as a designated hitter before playing the field.

While Posey said today that his surgically-repaired ankle is feeling the best it has all spring, the exact date of his debut depends on how much progress he makes with sliding and running curves over the next few days.

Posey was able to slide today for the first time since the injury, but Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News notes that he “didn’t do many” and “it wasn’t anywhere close to full speed.” He also did the slides on grass with the help of a pad. Posey was also scheduled to run curves today, but he’s not yet doing hard cuts around the bases. Baggarly writes that the Giants “remain very concerned” about what will happen when he takes his first “jarring” step on a base.

  1. daley814 - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    hopefully he won’t be stupid and block the plate while kneeling….that’s how he hurt him self last year…dummy…

  2. Marty - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Hopefully Posey will help the Giants get to the playoffs where they can chop the Phillies, again.

    • foreverchipper10 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Any team who knocks out the Phils is my friend. Unless they knock out the Braves first. Then it is a little saltier taste in my mouth.

  3. stex52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Best of luck to the kid. He’s a big talent. I hope he can come back all the way. I do question whether he will finish his career as a catcher, though.

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