After his horrendous collision at the plate with Scott Cousins in late May of last year, and the grueling months of rehabilitation to follow, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has been the main attraction at Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants to say the least.
It was Buster-Watch all day, with him jumping from bullpen sessions with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, to batting practice, where the fans were out in full force:
More Posey play-by-play: Just took first round of BP wearing ankle brace. Hit one onto grass past LF fence. 200-300 fans cheering evry swing— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) February 19, 2012
Then it was Q & A with manager Bruce Bochy, who had some interesting things to say about Buster's future behind the plate with the Giants:
Bochy says there may come point when Giants discuss whether its in best interests for Posey to play another pos. but he's their catcher now.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) February 19, 2012
As for Buster himself, the thought crossed his mind as well, but not for long:
Posey acknowledged he thought about not catching again but it was fleeting. He's determined to catch. Wants to be back there for exh opener.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) February 19, 2012
As for future colisions at the plate, Buster said he'll have to work on protecting himself better this Spring:
Buster said learning not to block plate will come in spring drills. But he reminded us he wasn't on the plate when Cousins hit him.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 19, 2012
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