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.
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: