The San Francisco Giants have been plagued by injury throughout spring training, which raises speculations surrounding their health in the approaching regular season. Because it’s an even-ending year, pattern suggests the Giants will win another World Series title to join their trilogy of championships in 2010, 2012, and 2014. But whether or not the Giants are healthy enough to compete within the NL West this year is the question that remains to be answered.
So far injuries have taken their toll on the Giants’ pitching rotation, which is arguably one of the strongest in the MLB this season. Impact players like Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain to name a few have been subject to concussions, soreness, and surgeries, but have thankfully overcome in a timely matter and are projected to be active by April 3rd.
Similarly it was announced Monday Mar. 27th that Giants’ primary catcher Buster Posey was removed from the lineup shortly before their matchup against the Chicago White Sox with tightness in his right hip. Posey has been achieving spring training statistics like a .290 batting average from 31 at-bats in 13 games, alongside catching 49 innings.
Thankfully Posey’s injury was extremely short lived, as he did participate in the Giants’ most recent matchup against the Diamondbacks with no issues. And lucky too, as Posey has been actively involved with the adaptation and development of the new pitching talent like Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, both of whom joined the team in the offseason.
“He wanted to get that through to me,” said Samardzija in regard to Posey’s help. “Being an athlete, I get a little lackadaisical at times and rely on my athleticism to get the job done. But you can’t take anything for granted in this game. You need to repeat, repeat, repeat. That’s the way it should be, you know? Sometimes your teammates are your best coaches.”
So far, the Giants’ injuries have yet to be hugely detrimental to their starting lineup. Then again, it’s only spring training, the outcome of which isn’t necessarily indicative of a team’s regular season potential. But there’s no denying that if the Giants keep suffering consecutive injuries like this, their fight for their fourth World Series title in seven years could be difficult.