SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants catcher Buster Posey, whose 2011 season was cut short after the Marlins' Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate, said Tuesday that a home plate collision rule adopted by Major League Baseball and its players does a good thing by eliminating "malicious collisions."
"I've always said that the main thing is for everybody to be comfortable with it, that the catchers and runners are protected," said Posey, addressing the rule change for the first time.
Posey, an All-Star catcher, broke a bone in his lower left leg and tore three ligaments in his ankle in the May 2011 collision, an injury that helped intensify debate over plate collisions. Posey returned in 2012 to win the NL MVP award.
The new rule, in what both sides said was a one-year experiment, allows collisions if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner's direct path to home plate, and if the catcher goes into the basepath to field a throw to the plate.
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ATHLETICS: Former Rays catcher John Jaso will start today in his first game since suffering a concussion when he was struck by a foul tip on July 24.
CARDINALS: Left-hander Jaime Garcia will seek a second opinion on his surgically repaired shoulder from Dr. James Andrews before deciding his next course of action, general manager John Mozeliak said.
DODGERS: Outfielder Matt Kemp is scheduled for an MRI exam of his surgically repaired left ankle Friday. Manager Don Mattingly said the scan will help determine if Kemp can accelerate his rehabilitation from microfracture surgery in October.
INDIANS: Right-hander Trevor Bauer, a former top prospect coming off a rough season, is scheduled to start today against the Reds and show off a new delivery. Bauer, 23, said a groin injury with the Diamondbacks in 2012 got him out of sync.
MARINERS: Third-base coach John Stearns will be out for four to six weeks after having surgery for a hiatal hernia.
PADRES: An MRI exam has confirmed a Grade 1 right calf strain for third baseman Chase Headley, who is expected to be out two to three weeks.
ROCKIES: Right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin has no structural damage in his troublesome pitching shoulder but will remain sidelined for at least another week.