Bruce Bochy

Relax everyone, Buster Posey can still hit baseballs

Buster Posey doesn’t seem to hit many warning track fly balls. When the ball gets up in the air and travels a considerable difference, it always goes over the fence. At least it seems that way. So when Posey took a Tony Sipp fastball and drove it toward the right field foul pole, the fact that it barely cleared the wall about 360 feet away hardly seemed surprising.

Except that Posey missed several months of time, and in his return this Spring he started out hitless in his first 7 at-bats, including his first 2 on Wednesday afternoon.

So while we still haven’t seen Posey run the bases other than sprinting in a straight line from home to first, Giants fans can climb back to the sidewalk from the Golden Gate Bridge guardrail and relax — Posey’s ability to see ball, hit ball hasn’t gone anywhere.

Posey went 1-for-4 as the DH after catching Madison Bumgarner the day before, but that “1” looked similar to the homer he hit off Mat Latos back on Sept. 12, 2010 at Petco. He looks like the old Buster as far as I can tell, except for the .111 average over 9 at-bats.

The reactions after the game were somewhat mixed.

Matt Cain: “None of us are worried if he doesn’t get a hit for a couple days … really not worried about him at all.”

Bruce Bochy: “We’re all human. I’ll tell ya, he was glad to get that hit. It’s been a while since he’s had one.”

Posey: “I still think it’s just about getting ready and preparation and at-bats and seeing pitches and trying to work on timing as much as anything.”

See each person’s response to Posey’s latest step on the comeback trail in the video below.
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