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.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.