LAS VEGAS — Buster Posey’s restoration from proper hip surgical procedure may restrict how a lot the San Francisco Giants All-Star catches throughout spring coaching and initially of the season.
Posey had surgical procedure in late August to restore a torn labrum within the hip and take away an impingement.
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“Actually with a man like Buster, coming off the most important surgical procedure, it would influence his spring coaching workload and perhaps even his early season workload, however for now, all of the indications are constructive that he’ll be 100 percent,” new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi mentioned on the winter conferences.
The 31-year-old Posey performed in simply 105 video games in 2018, and his energy numbers dipped with the hip affecting him all 12 months. He batted .284 with 5 house runs and 41 RBIs.
Proper-hander Jeff Samardzija is starting a throwing program after he was limited to 10 begins and 44 2/three innings in 2018 due to recurring shoulder issues. Middle fielder Steven Duggar, who suffered a season-ending left shoulder damage in late August from a tough, headfirst slide again into second base, is also making good progress.
“As of now, that group of men are all on schedule anticipated to be prepared for camp,” Zaidi mentioned.
Zaidi additionally additional crammed out his entrance workplace, hiring former Blue Jays common supervisor and Mets particular assistant J.P. Ricciardi as a senior adviser. Zack Minasian was employed as director of professional scouting and Michael Holmes as director of beginner scouting.
When he left the Dodgers and joined the Giants final month, Zaidi wasn’t positive he would discover a right-hand man earlier than subsequent season started. Dick Tidrow and John Barr will each keep within the group.
The Giants claimed outfielder Mike Gerber off waivers from Detroit. The 26-year-old brings versatility as a result of he can play all three outfield positions, one thing Zaidi prefers in his gamers. He made his large league debut final season and went Four-for-42 in 18 video games for the Tigers.
Zaidi mentioned it is a “excessive precedence” for San Francisco to add no less than one skilled outfielder who may also bolster the offense.