Posey to catch for Giants next season

Buster Posey will be the San Francisco Giants catcher next

season. After that, who knows?

Putting to rest speculation that Posey would move to first base,

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before Friday’s game against

Arizona that he will be behind the plate in 2012. Bochy said he was

only speaking about next year and a position change could come

after that to protect Posey’s health.

Posey, the NL Rookie of the Year, hasn’t played since May 25

after tearing three ligaments in his left ankle and fracturing a

bone in his lower leg in a frightening home-plate collision with

Florida’s Scott Cousins.

A key cog to San Francisco’s World Series run last season, Posey

has worked hard to rehab his injury and is expected to be healthy

by next season.