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Giants star confirmed out for year after surgery

MILWAUKEE — Giants C Buster Posey is out for the season after having surgery Sunday to repair three torn ligaments in his ankle sustained in a collision at home plate last week.

"He's not going to be back this season," head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said in a conference call. "He will have another surgery somewhere in the eight- to 10-week mark to take out some of that hardware that the doctors put in. That's already determined. … Add that to rehab time, and I don't see him making it back this season."

Groeschner said Posey had two screws inserted into his lower leg to stabilize the ankle over a surgery that lasted about 90 minutes early Sunday morning.

"We're very pleased with how his ankle came back together. He had that fractured fibula as well," Groeschner said. "After re-X-raying the fracture, we felt like we didn't really need to do anything with that, which was nice."

The 2010 NL rookie of the year from FSU broke a bone in his lower left leg and injured the ankle in a collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins on Wednesday. Groeschner said the team is optimistic Posey will be ready for opening day next season, but he has a long road ahead.

"I think it's a good prognosis," Groeschner said. "He just had a very devastating injury, he just had surgery and he still has a long rehab process to go. We're optimistic and we'll see how he does at the end of the summer, where he's at."

In other Giants news, 3B Pablo Sandoval, who went on the disabled list in late April with a fractured hamate bone, is expected to take batting practice today and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment soon.

BAILEY BACK: The Athletics activated RH reliever Andrew Bailey from the disabled list and used the two-time All-Star for one inning but plan to ease him back into the closer's role. Bailey had been out since March 30 with a strained right forearm.

UMP OUT: Three umpires worked the game between the Phillies and Mets because Wally Bell was not at Citi Field. No reason was given for Bell's absence when the announcement was made a few minutes before gametime. Spokesmen for both teams said they did not know why Bell was not there.

BRAVES: RHP Cory Gearrin was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and OF Wilkin Ramirez was optioned to Gwinnett a day after six pitchers were used in a 12-inning game.

CARDINALS: LF Matt Holliday missed a sixth straight start with continued discomfort in his left quadriceps muscle.

CUBS: OF Reed Johnson went on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, C Geovany Soto was activated from the disabled list, OF Brad Snyder was called up from Triple-A Iowa and C Welington Castillo was optioned to Iowa.

MARLINS: SS Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game against the Dodgers in the second inning because of stiffness in his lower back.

NATIONALS: 3B Jerry Hairston was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Ed Hickox during Friday's game against the Padres. Hairston appealed and was in the lineup.

ORIOLES: Starter Brad Bergesen was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk less than 24 hours after the right-hander picked up his third loss in four games and fell to 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA. RHP Chris Tillman also was demoted. … CF Adam Jones left the game against the A's in the fourth with a sore right shoulder.

REDS: One day after tweeting he was "wasting space" in the bullpen, RHP Sam LeCure was placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm.

ROCKIES: INF Chris Nelson was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and veteran INF Alfredo Amezaga was designated for assignment.

WHITE SOX: RH reliever Tony Pena went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis, and RHP Lucas Harrell was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

Giants star confirmed out for year after surgery 05/29/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 29, 2011 9:41pm]
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