The Giants provided an update on the status of catcher Buster Posey on Thursday evening.
In this kind of situation, the news is always going to be troubling. But there are some positives to be taken from Posey’s early test results.
According to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Posey underwent three different MRI exams throughout Thursday afternoon and his left knee was found to be completely intact. He does have a broken left fibula and a couple of severely strained ligaments in his left ankle, but none of the listed injuries should be season-ending.
Posey will undergo surgery to correct his ankle sometime within the next seven days. The recovery time for that procedure can last between six and eight weeks. The broken fibula will heal with a basic leg cast.
If Posey is able to avoid setbacks, there’s a chance he could be ready to return to the majors in September.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.