SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – One day in early November, Buster Posey felt that his body was reacting more normally while he was rehabilitating himself after a hip surgery ending the season. Working in his lower half with a 15-pound dumbbell in his left hand, he leaned forward for a Russian leg-lift machine. Posey felt the muscles of her straight buttocks being used exactly as they should.
"It may be TMI," said the San Francisco star catcher, who may have provided too much information. "I could really feel the right side of my gluteus maximus engaging – I had not really felt that in a while. With all the leg exercises, I feel that things have been more symmetrical, so I hope that's a good sign. "
San Francisco pitchers and receivers report back this week and Posey plans to be a full participant on the first day of spring training on Wednesday, pulling on the receiver's speed and squatting behind the plate for his part. in the pitchers' balls at the beginning of the camp. He understands that there will probably be some changes to his workload at the beginning, for the sake of security.
And being in alignment behind the plate during the opening day of March 28 in San Diego, Posey has absolutely planned.
"From now on, no, not at all," he said about his level of concern.
When Posey resumed swinging a bat early in the year, he felt that another crucial step in his return was to feel good.
He handed over the catching material again for an advertisement on February 7th.
"I had already felt that feeling just when I was hitting," he said of the return to the batting cage. "It was good, man, it feels good, it feels good to be able to swing and feel like I'm swinging as I wanted."
Nevertheless, he knows that there is much more to do.
"I'm capable of hitting, throwing, running and everything feels good," said Posey. "That being said, it's still not the same as going on the field to live BP or participate in spring training, so obviously the season is a completely different animal. But I'm optimistic it will be fun. "
Farhan Zaidi, the Giants new president for baseball operations, insists that the Giants will not pressure Posey, but that they are taking a cautious approach with one of their franchise players to ensure that he stays on the ground in the long run. Stephen Vogt made a deal with the minor leagues this week and René Rivera signed a minor league contract last week to give the Giants depth to the receiver.
"I know we will be smart, pay attention, not only go to camp, but even at the beginning of the season," Zaidi said. "If things are going very well, even if he's ready to carry all his load to start the season, I'm not sure that would be the most cautious way, so I think we're really going to deceive ourselves caution."
Of course, Posey wants to play, especially after the way 2018 has gone for him and his team.
The Giants finished 73-89, including 5-21 in September, but they improved their last place in 2017, with a record of 64-98.
"Again, I think you have to be open to new thoughts and always ready to adapt," said Posey. "I know that there were late periods in the seasons and years when I felt really good where I said to myself," Dude, I'm running out right now. "So it would be hard to say that if this type of strategy would pay dividends in late September or early October, but there are probably numbers that say they're doing it, I guess."
Posey, 31, hopes with a healthy hip that his power numbers will improve, as the rookie of the year in NL 2010 and the most valuable player in 2012 begins his 10th – yes, c is true – a full season in the majors.
He beat .284 with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 2018, while limiting himself to 105 games. Even the throw seemed to put more pressure on his shoulder with the awkward hip, which needed to be repaired for a torn labrum and remove a conflict.
Although Posey did not need surgery, he added that players had to constantly adapt and find new ways to prepare physically and mentally for season 162.
"I think regardless of hip injuries, surgery or anything else, you have to evolve and change your work day over the years, so, yes, I've changed my way of getting ready, "he said." Before, I could walk into a cold gym and jump on the squat rack, but that time is over. "
Director Bruce Bochy gives Posey periodic start-ups to lighten his body's stress. Posey made 13 starts early last year and 30 in 2017.
Everyone around the Giants is expecting a comeback from the All-Star six times.
"I'm sure he'll be able to help, hip, to release him on the swing," Bochy said. "I've listened to our medical staff and they're confident, this will really help Buster catch, launch and attack, so I'm confident."