Posey gets first start
SAN FRANCISCO — The inevitable is about to become reality Friday night at AT&T Park, where Buster Posey will start his first Major League game.
Posey, the Giants’ catcher and, some believe, franchise player of the future, will combine with Tim Lincecum to form San Francisco’s battery. That’s a combination Giants officials hope will take the team to the Promised Land (i.e. the World Series) someday.
The Giants’ unlikely chances of catching Colorado in the National League Wild Card race, combined with Bengie Molina’s hand injury, prompted Posey’s entry into the lineup.
“It’s time,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We know it’s a longshot where we are with nine games to go. And with Bengie banged up, it’s time to give Buster some starts and playing time. … It’s not an easy debut, catching Timmy and facing [Carlos] Zambrano, but he can handle it.”
Molina sustained a contusion on one of his fingers when a foul tip struck him on his left (gloved) hand, which has been sore much of the season. X-rays showed no fracture, but Molina was in intense pain.
Posey, the Giants’ No. 1 selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, has appeared in three games, all as a late-game replacement. He entered Friday’s game with a single in three at-bats.
– Chris Haft