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San Francisco Giants Offseason News 2012: Buster Posey Increases Running As Part Of Rehab

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is coming along very well on his road to recovery for the 2012 season, adding things like 30- and 60-yard sprints, mild distance running and agility drills into his rehabilitation routine according to's Chris Haft.

"We're just building him up right now. So far, so good," Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said.

Pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale in just over a month on February 18, and the Giants want to make sure Buster is all the way ready to return to work next season:

"Part of it is rehab for his ankle and part of it is normal conditioning to get ready for the season," Groeschner said. "He has been lifting [lower-body weights], but he has to run to get his legs functionally strong."

Groeschner also indicated that Posey will start doing more 'baseball-specific' running soon, like running corners to prepare for running bases. Posey has already started hitting off a tee three times per week.

Buster tore ligaments in his ankle and a broke a bone in his lower leg after a home-plate collision last season, limiting him to only 45 games in 2011.

For more on the Giants offseason, head over to McCovey Chronicles.