Buster Posey cleared to begin light workouts

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The Giants basically ruled catcher Buster Posey out for the rest of the 2011 season following his late-May surgery to repair a broken bone in his left leg and torn ligaments in his left ankle.

But life goes on, and Posey was cleared by team physicians this week to begin doing light workouts.

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the 24-year-old exercised on a stationary bike Wednesday for the first time since his season-ending home plate collision with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey wore a protective boot while pedaling, but progress is progress.

“It was nice to get a little sweat going,” the rehabbing backstop told the Chronicle.

Posey, the fifth overall pick in 2008, batted .284/.368/.389 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 45 games this season. He won Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 after finishing with an .862 OPS and 18 homers.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.