Buster Posey takes first live batting practice in next step of comeback 

Buster Posey took live batting practice and caught a bullpen session for Matt Cain. Manager Bruce Bochy is mulling whether to start him in the spring opener. - JAKE ROTH/US PRESSWIRE
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  • Buster Posey took live batting practice and caught a bullpen session for Matt Cain. Manager Bruce Bochy is mulling whether to start him in the spring opener.

The comeback continues.

Buster Posey took his first swings against live pitching Sunday, squaring up more balls the longer he hit.

“I guess I didn’t know what to expect, but I was happy with the way I felt,” said Posey, who hadn’t faced live pitching since his horrible, season-ending injury in May.

“Regardless of what your result is, your goal is just to see the ball as well as you can and get your timing,” Posey said.

Posey also caught Matt Cain in a bullpen session, the first time he had caught with a batter in the box.
“The ball was jumping,” Posey said of Cain. “He looked great.”

Manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that these steps are important. Same goes for Posey’s first Cactus League appearance; Bochy said he’ll decide in “two or three days” whether Posey will start the opener on Saturday.

“When you miss as much time as he has, it’s going to take a little time,” Bochy said. “He looks comfortable. He feels good, which is important. We’ll continue to keep a watchful eye on him.”

Posey indicated he knows how far to push himself.

“There are some days where I know I’m not going to push it 100 percent, because over the last nine months, I have kind of figured out what my threshold can be as far as how far I can take it each day,” he said.


Huff’s hopes for 2010 repeat

Aubrey Huff is ready to go.

Huff, who helped lead the Giants to the 2010 World Series title, says his offseason workouts “were exactly what I did in 2010.”

“I will have no regrets this year ... I come in with a positive mind frame,” he said.

In the offseason, Huff emphasizes strength and conditioning over baseball workouts.

That’s because, “You’ve got a month and a half of hitting and throwing to do when you get to spring training.

Sometimes you can do too much in the offseason when you start hitting and throwing. You have to give your body a timeout from that kind of workout.”

Huff finished seventh in the NL MVP voting in 2010 after hitting .290 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs. Last
season, he tailed off to .246, 12 and 59, respectively.


Zito throws in ’pen

Bochy didn’t see Posey hit because he was watching Barry Zito throw his first bullpen session.

“Zito threw well,” Bochy said. “He had a good session. He was getting the ball where he wanted it. He threw some good breaking balls. A good outing for him.”

Tough love

The instruction was stern and delivered in a loud voice. “Pablo don’t swing at the first pitch again!”

The advice came, as expected, from somebody dressed in Giants garb. Only the “coach” was a front-row fan, a boy who appeared to be about 5 years old.

Pablo Sandoval smiled and gave the boy a fist-pump salute.



Busting loose

A look at Buster Posey’s career stats:

160 Games

.294 Batting average

172 Hits

22 Home runs

88 RBIs

76 Runs

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