San Francisco Giants’ catcher and reigning NL MVP Award winner Buster Posey has a “small fracture” on the tip of his right finger, according to CSN Bay Area. X-rays done on Thursday revealed the tear.
The injury occurred during Tuesday’s game against the Padres when a pitch from Madison Bumgarner bounced off the plate and ripped the fingernail off of Posey’s finger.
According to Posey, he will be taking some time off.
“From everything I’m hearing, hopefully in a couple days it’ll calm down and I can play through it,” he said.
Posey is not quite having the MVP season of 2012, but has still been one of the few consistent hitters in the Giants’ lineup. He is hitting .309 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI in 130 games this season.
For the Giants, they may give Posey some extra days off down the stretch anyway. Any distinct hope of making a late run and making the playoffs is out of reach, with the Giants sitting in last place in their division, 21.5 games back of the Dodgers.
Thus, they could rest Posey more and not risk any further injury, while getting a good look at someone like Hector Sanchez at catcher. Sanchez has started to pick things up recently after a slow start to the season, and could be a valuable asset given that he is a young, switch-hitting catcher with power.