Buster Posey passes concussion tests after scary foul tip

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SAN FRANCISCO –- The Giants might be reeling after losing three late leads and getting swept by the Colorado Rockies, but at least Buster Posey is clear of mind.

Posey came out of Sunday’s eventual 8-7 loss in the fourth inning after he took a particularly hard foul tip off the mask. Posey had a headache in the dugout, so Giants manager Bruce Bochy sent up Hector Sanchez to bat in the bottom of the inning.

But Posey said the headache didn’t last long, he passed all the concussion tests and he expected to fly with the team when they leave for Chicago on Monday.

“I feel fine,” Posey said. “It stung me a little bit but everything feels normal. They’ll check in with me later tonight and tomorrow morning, just to make sure nothing has changed.”

Posey was checked by head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner after Rockies catcher Mike McKenry fouled back a pitch from Madison Bumgarner that caught Posey flush on his hockey-style mask. Posey finished the half-inning.

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“He thought he could continue but once he got onto the dugout, he was getting a headache,” Bochy said. “You hear that and you can’t let him go back out there.”

Said Bumgarner: “You could see paint flying everywhere, chips or something. It was pretty solid. He usually doesn’t act like nothing is bothering him unless it’s really bothering him.”

Posey took a hard foul off the mask earlier in the week against the Washington Nationals; there is plenty of anecdotal evidence and also published studies that have demonstrated repeated shots to the head usually have a cumulative effect.

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“As a competitor you want to stay out there,” Posey said. “But when it comes to your head feeling weird, and taking a couple hard ones, three or four in the last couple days, it was the right move.”

Posey said he hasn’t been diagnosed with a concussion other than one time at Single-A San Jose when he was hit by a pitch and missed time on the disabled list. Even then, he said he didn’t experience any significant symptoms.

The Giants don’t have a third catcher on the 40-man roster, so they’d have to do a bit of juggling if they needed to purchase the contract of Guillermo Quiroz from Triple-A Fresno. It appears that won’t be necessary.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.