Buster Posey has fractured fibula, strained ankle ligaments

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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.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.