AT&T PARK — After being selected as the National League’s backup catcher in a unanimous player vote, San Francisco Giants start Buster Posey will not travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 All-Star Game.
Posey, now a six-time All-Star, has been experiencing right hip inflammation all season, and the plan is to use the All-Star Break for him to recover. He will get an injection in his hip after Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
“He’s going to need some time after that,” said manager Bruce Bochy. ” … He’s been playing with it, but you can tell, all of you can tell. He’s been a warrior through this, and he had missed some time earlier … but the break will serve him well.”
Posey has played in 74 games this season, and other than the occasional day off spelled by Nick Hundley, he missed two games — May 26 and 27 in Chicago — due to right hip soreness, and has dealt with the ailment for the whole season thus far. The Giants have been mulling the rest plan for the last month.
“It’s flared up on him, he’s missed some time because of it,” Bochy said. “Our hope is to make it through this week, and we’ll get him the injection, and hopefully four days off will get this thing cleared up.”
Posey has hit just five home runs this year — on pace for a career-low — and his isolated power is at .128, the second-lowest in his career (in a 45-game 2011, Posey had an isolated power number of .105). He’s hit .285– his lowest average since 2011 — and slugged a career-low .410, and posted a career-low .780 OPS. The hip is very likely the root cause of his offensive issues.
“Without question,” Bochy said. “This game is hard enough when you’re healthy. It’s the right hip, too, and can’t quite get it to fire like you normally do, sure, it’s going to affect your hitting, your throwing, all facets of the game.”