Indians 2, Giants 2(10)
The San Francisco Giants got encouraging performances from two
stars returning from injuries.
Buster Posey had his first hit of the spring, a home run, in the
Giants’ 2-2, 10-inning tie with Cleveland on Wednesday. The young
catcher suffered a devastating leg injury in a home-plate collision
with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins on May 25.
Closer Brian Wilson, shut down for the final six weeks of the
season with a sore elbow, pitched a hitless, scoreless fifth inning
in his second outing of the spring.
Posey, who broke his left fibula and tore ankle ligaments,
served as the DH on Wednesday. He hit an opposite-field solo home
run just inside the right-field foul pole off left-hander Tony Sipp
with two outs in the sixth to tie the game.
Posey said he thought the ball was going out of the park when he
”I thought I hit it pretty good,” he said. ”I just wanted to
hit the ball hard. That’s my goal every time – to hit the ball
The NL Rookie of the Year in 2010 is taking a steady approach to
his comeback, catching every three or four days and getting at-bats
when he can as the DH. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Posey could
see more at-bats in minor-league games.
Posey caught four innings against the Cubs on Tuesday, will
catch again Friday or Saturday and will increase his time to six
innings next week, according to Bochy. Posey has not had any issues
defensively and appears to have picked up where he left off in
handling the pitching staff.
”It’s about getting the at-bats, seeing the pitches and getting
the timing. I am seeing the ball well,” said Posey, who wears an
”I think I’ve been lucky with no setbacks. We have a good game
plan the rest of the way through, and I expect to be ready April 6
(for the season opener).”
Wilson has given up one hit in two innings.
”The motion feels good, another pain-free outing,” the
He did not have surgery but rehabbed the injury.
”It was basically do nothing for six weeks and wait for it to
heal,” he said. ”After that, I didn’t have much of an offseason,
rehabbing three days a week. It was worth it. … I am working
toward Opening Day, max it out (velocity) and keep it that way the
rest of the season.”
Wilson’s training regimen includes keeping his heart rate up as
much as working the arm.
”When you come into the game in this (closing) situation, your
heart rate is 140 to 170,” he said. ”I try not to keep my heart
rate below 160 (in workouts). Keep it steady.”
The Indians had to be encouraged by the strong four-inning
effort from veteran right-hander Derek Lowe.
Acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Oct. 31, the 38-year-old
gave up a run on two hits with a walk.
”I had a lot better command, a lot of quick outs, the majority
on the ground,” said Lowe, who threw 42 pitches.
Notes: Bochy said he was pleased with the pregame bullpen
session of right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who has yet to throw in a
game because of a back strain. Vogelsong, who was 13-7 in 28 starts
last season, threw a simulated game situation, taking breaks in
between ”innings.” . . . Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had
three hits, including a pair of doubles.