Fractured Finger Should Convince San Francisco Giants to Shelve Buster Posey

Buster Posey

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The injury to catcher Buster Posey’s right ring finger has taken a turn for the worse, as reports Tuesday indicated that the finger is fractured. Posey said he will be able to play through it after sitting out a couple games, but the San Francisco Giants need to think hard about shutting him down for the rest of the season.

A fractured finger is nothing to mess around with, especially at the catcher position. Posey can get hit by an errant pitch or foul in the dirt and re-injure the finger just as easily as he did Tuesday night. With only 22 games left in the season, there is absolutely no need to rush Posey back to the field. The Giants need to cut their losses and not risk a player like Posey getting injured.

Guys like Hector Sanchez and Johnny Monnell, who made his major league debut Thursday night, could use the time behind the dish. What’s the use in rushing him back? Sure, Posey is a very competitive and driven player, but he needs to consider what could happen if the severity of his injury increases.

Maybe Posey needs to cut his losses in 2013, too. He’ll be the first to tell you that he hasn’t been close to then same player he was last season. He shouldn’t be too hard on himself, though. It is extremely tough to repeat an MVP campaign. Posey’s 2012 season was marvelous: .336 BA, .408 OBP along with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs. Compared to this season: .309 /.377, 14 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Posey’s significant decline should help convince him that it’s time to look forward to next year. Because there’s always next year, right?

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