03/05/12 10:30 PM EST
Near the beard: Wilson debuts Sunday
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Posey, Sanchez due back soon
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants catcher Buster Posey and second baseman Freddy Sanchez might be physically fit enough to appear in exhibition games by the end of the week, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.The catch is that Posey and Sanchez might initially serve as designated hitters. Bochy called the DH option a "very good possibility" for Posey and Sanchez. "We want to make sure they're ready before we put them in a game," Bochy said, noting that the accelerated pace of game activity, even in an exhibition, can cause players to aggravate injuries. Posey, who has been recovering from extensive left leg injuries, tested his mobility Monday by sliding and running around the outer edge of an auxiliary infield about a half-dozen times. When sliding, Posey hurled himself onto a special practice sliding pad and didn't wear spikes. Bochy, head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and first-base coach Roberto Kelly, who tutors baserunners, watched Posey carefully. Bochy said that Sanchez, who's rebounding from a dislocated right shoulder, actually might have appeared as a DH already, were it not for the back spasms that delayed his rehabilitation early last week.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.