Buster Posey injures left leg in collision at home plate

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UPDATE: Posey had an MRI and x-rays. Andrew Baggarly spoke with a team official afterward. The official didn’t reveal the results, but he said “not good.”  Baggarly asked if the leg was broken. The response: “Not good.”  That’s, well, not good. Not good at all.

2: 37 AM: 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his lower left leg in a collision with Scott Cousins at home plate in the 12th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins.

Cousins scored on the sac fly after bowling over Posey, giving the Marlins a 7-6 lead in the contest.  They won by that score after Burke Badenhop pitched a scoreless bottom of the 12th.

Posey’s injury looks like the story of the game, though.  He was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field.  It appeared his leg got trapped under his body as Cousins plowed into him, and the fear is that Posey’s ankle snapped as a result.

The video is here.

If Posey is going to miss a couple of months, it will be interesting to see if the Giants decide to check out Bengie Molina’s availability.  Molina, a longtime Giant, was made expendable by Posey’s arrival last year and got traded to the Rangers as a result.  At least initially, the Giants would go with Eli Whiteside as their starting catcher and likely add Chris Stewart as a backup.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.