Posey has screws removed from ankle

Posey has screws removed from ankle

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Buster Posey had screws removed from his surgically repaired left ankle on Friday morning, just another step in the Giants catcher’s long recovery back from a gruesome injury.

Posey suffered a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his left ankle in a home-plate collision with Florida’s Scott Cousins on May 25. The bone is expected to heal on its own, but Posey has needed a scooter to get around since the incident.

The team said the reigning National League Rookie of the Year is still weeks away from being able to put weight on his leg, though they hope he his ready for spring training next season.

Posey was batting .284 with four homers and 21 runs batten before the injury. Last year, he hit .305 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI over 108 games and was an important cog in the Giants’ World Series title run.

With the youngster sidelined, the Giants have had to rely on the duo of Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart behind the plate.

Whiteside has already started a career-high 37 games and is hitting just .238. But lately the 32-year-old has picked it up at the plate, going 14-for-43 (.326) over his last 16 games. Pitchers are also throwing to a 3.24 earned run average with Whiteside as their battery mate, which is slightly lower than the 3.34 ERA they had with Posey.

Stewart has actually been even better for San Fran’s strong pitching staff, as he is getting credit for their 2.55 ERA in his 32 games. His defensive prowess offsets the .206 batting average he has compiled since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno on May 26.

Whiteside got the start in Tuesday’s game against the Brewers, but Stewart had started 14 of the previous 24 games.

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