Buster Posey ruled out for season after ankle surgery

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Buster Posey has two screws inserted into his ankle in surgery Sunday and was officially ruled out for the season, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said.

Posey also had three torn ligaments in his left ankle repaired by Giants physicians.

He is slated to have a second surgery in 8-10 weeks to remove the hardware from his ankle.

When asked if Posey would be ready for Opening Day, Groescher responded: “I would think so.  I think it’s a good prognosis.”

With Posey out, the Giants are currently going with Eli Whiteside as their starting catcher.  They were shut out by the Brewers on Sunday, losing for the third time in four games since Posey went down.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.