After the San Francisco Giants announced that catcher Buster Posey had undergone successful surgery to repair the ligaments in his ankle, Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner confirmed what many had suspected. From Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News:
He's not going to be back this season, Dave Groeschner says, officially.
So if he's out for the season, how about 2012?
Opening day 2012 for Posey? "I would think so," Groeschner said. "I think it’s a good prognosis."
Posey had screws put into his ankle, and he'll be on crutches for the next two months, according to John Shea. After the screws are removed, he'll remain off the injured ankle for two more weeks. While he is on crutches, he is still expected to be the fastest catcher the Giants have had in years.
It's almost a cliche that a player has undergone successful surgery -- Kendry Morales had successful surgery on his ankle last year, for example -- but the Giants did get some good news that they were looking for. From Baggarly again:
Groeschner said the medical team was pleased that Posey’s fractured left fibia did not require a plate to be inserted; there was a thought that the insertion of the screws might worsen the slightly displaced fracture, which is expected to heal on its own.
So good news, tempered by the confirmation that Buster Posey's season is over, and that there are hopes, rather than guarantees, that he'll begin 2012 at full strength.