Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the All-Star game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation.
Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Monday before the start of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants had been discussing the possibility for about a month, Bochy said, and Posey is scheduled to have the injection after Sunday’s mBay Bridge Series game against Oakland.
“His situation with the hip, we’re hoping to get to the All-Star break and he will get an injection, but he’s going to need some time after that,” Bochy said. “He won’t be able to participate in the game.”
Posey began the day batting .285 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 74 games. Bochy believes the hip has affected Posey’s power.
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The 31-year-old Posey sat out two games in late May at Wrigley Field with soreness in the hip.
“It’s flared up on him. He’s missed some time because of it not too long ago,” Bochy said. “Our hope is make it through this week and we can give him three or four days to get this thing cleared up. … Hopefully with this injection get this thing to calm down and clear up. He’s been playing with it. You can tell, all of you can tell. It’s bothered him and he’s been a warrior through this. He has missed some time earlier, he missed two or three days. The break will serve him well.”
The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina was named to replace Posey on the National League roster. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is slated to start behind the plate for the NL in the 89th Midsummer Classic. The event will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, July 17, at 4:30 p.m. PT
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