Giants' Posey struck in head by pitch, leaves game

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

Over the last four seasons, he has averaged more than 80 starts per season.

In a moment that put everyone at AT&T Park on the edge of their seats, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey took a 94 miles per hour fastball from Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker to the head.

Posey left the game and was to be checked on Monday night and into Tuesday, then re-evaluated. The 30-year-old was said to be feeling alright after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch Monday, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Giants erred on the side of caution with him. "He's fine right now".

Walker (1-1) was booed at the conclusion of the inning, when he came up to bat and at every other opportunity by the AT&T Park sellout crowd of 42,129.

Nick Hundley will remain the team's starting catcher until Posey returns to action. Left-hander Matt Moore will take the pitch for the Giants.

It was like something you'd see in a Little League game. "But Joe thought he felt good previous year, also".

Posey immediately went down as manager Bruce Bochy and trainer Dave Groeschner raced to the plate. It's a tough club. The Giants are smart enough to know that just because they couldn't diagnose him with a concussion yesterday doesn't mean he doesn't have one, so they're going to watch him real carefully. You have to play your best ball against them.

Lamb and Tomas had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks, who were outhit 10-9. He even contributed to a freaky, game-turning three-run rally in the fourth.

The Diamondbacks' three-run third came immediately following a second inning in which the Giants almost scored four. Moore could've had a double and three RBI. The Giants would score the next six runs before the Diamondbacks added a run in the eighth. It was Crawford's second Gold Glove and the first for Posey and Panik.

This was more like what the Giants had in mind when they entered the season widely expected to contend for a playoff spot and to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers for NL West supremacy. Bochy noted that Posey could potentially be San Francisco's designated hitter against the Royals.

The first baseball game of the season at Third and King is always a celebratory affair, full of ceremony, saturated sights and plush sounds. The Diamondbacks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco, 5-14 in the last 19 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Giants will be without Posey for the rest of the homestand, but there's a chance an American League trip could get him back earlier than otherwise expected.

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