Posey hasn’t played since leaving last Sunday’s game after being fouled by a foul. There doesn’t seem to be much reason to be concerned, as the backstop star told reporters (including Alex Pavlovic de NBC Sports Bay Area and Andrew Baggarly athletics), he hopes he will return when he is eligible for the first time next Friday. This would be the Giants’ first game out of All-Star Break, and it doesn’t look like there was any chance of Posey playing in this weekend’s series with Washington. The former MVP told reporters he is currently unable to catch or swing the bat. Of course, that will also prevent Posey from making the All-Star Game, which he was due to start as the National League representative as receiver.
In better health news for the Giants, infielder Tommy La Stella is about to begin a minor league rehab mission, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters (dont Pavlovic). Significant hamstring strain sent La Stella to the injured list on May 4. He began a rehabilitation mission at the end of June, but suffered a fractured right hand which interrupted his recovery. It has been a disappointing season for La Stella, who hit .235 / .297 / .353 in their first 75 home plate appearances.
He will be joined on the re-education mission by the right-hander Aaron Sanchez (relayed by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle). Like La Stella, Sanchez went to IL in early May, began a rehab mission last month, and then had to be shut down due to an unrelated setback. Sanchez’s initial injury was inflammation of the biceps, but his return was delayed by a blister. He’s apparently ready to get back into action, as he starts for Low-A San Jose tomorrow night.
The return of Webb and Sanchez should help strengthen a starting rotation that has been one of the best in the league. Nonetheless, San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has suggested the club may be seeking external rotation assistance before the July 30 trade deadline (via Maria Guardado from MLB.com). With Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, Johnny cueto and Webb all having decent to stellar seasons, there seems to be little surface room for another starter, especially with Sanchez set to be back.
This is a group that (aside from Gausman) has always struggled with staying healthy, so it only makes sense for the San Francisco front office to look to add a bit of depth. At 54-32, the Giants have one game against the Dodgers and four games against the Padres in a hotly contested NL West. There is a lot of logic in guarding against potential injury for the stretch stroke.
There’s also the question of the Giants’ longer-term outlook to consider. Of their current starters, only Webb is a lock that will be back in 2022. Gausman, DeSclafani and Wood are all set to exit in free agency, while Cueto’s $ 22 million club option is expected to be bought back for $ 5 million. . Zaidi downplayed the importance of adding a multi-year player – instead suggesting that the highest priority is simply to store depth for the second half of 2021 – but the front office believes at least exploring potential start-up acquisitions that could solidify the rotation beyond this season as well.