Buster Posey to miss 2018 All-Star Game

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the 2018 All-Star Game. Posey has been dealing with right hip inflammation. The Giants will use the All-Star break to give him an injection to help alleviate the issue.

Posey, 31, has hit .285/.367/.412 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 313 plate appearances this season. He has missed a handful of games over the last few weeks, explaining why his numbers are a bit lower than where they usually are.

There’s no word yet on who will replace Posey on the NL All-Star roster. Willson Contreras is the NL’s starting catcher and J.T. Realmuto is one of the backups. The Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli, who recently returned after missing two weeks due to a concussion, could be added to the roster if the plan is to continue with three catchers. The Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal, the Braves’ Kurt Suzuki, and the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina are other catching candidates.

Players’ offer reportedly not going over well with owners

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Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.

Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”

Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:

The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.