Buster Posey was finally able to do baseball activities today after many months of being limited to just ankle rehab and physical therapy. Posey is working hard to regain both strength and range of motion in his left ankle, and he is right on schedule. Posey was able to play catch for about 7 minutes from about 60 feet away. Posey said, “I never thought I’d be so excited driving to the field today just to play catch for seven minutes. It’s a big confidence boost, even something as simple as playing catch. It’s so nice.” In addition to improving the strength and the range of motion in his left ankle, Posey is also working on balance and coordination to improve his weight transfer while throwing and catching. Although the front office and some of the coaches are hesitant, Posey is determined to be the starting catcher again and not have to change positions. Since weight transfer is so imperative to your safety as a catcher, Posey is making this part of his rehab a priority. Posey said, “It hurts, but I’m doing it. The last two weeks, it’s loosened up a lot. It’s encouraging. … I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far. Once I’m able to do all the functional stuff, it’ll get better and better.”
Posey will leave for Arizona in about a week to continue his rehab there. He will be there for about 6 weeks before he goes back to Georgia for the offseason. Posey plans to hit off a tee in about a week, and then also plans on catching some bullpen sessions in instructional leagues. Posey has had trouble accepting the fact that he couldn’t help his team defend their World Series title. Posey, “feels as disappointed as everybody else in here. Having said that, there are 18 games left. You don’t want to say it’s over until it’s all played out.” It must feel good for Posey that his rehab is going according to plan, and that he could start catching, even if it’s just in the bullpen, very soon.