Tags: Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Aubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants
BOCHY: Yeah, I'd like to keep that option with Buster. With him coming off his injury, there's a little question how much we can catch him back there, and we'll know more in Spring Training. But playing first occasionally will help him and help us, then we'd like to have that available. I'll talk to Buster again in Spring Training. He wants to catch, but he's open minded about playing some first, too, to help us out there, particularly against a left-handed pitcher, getting another right-handed bat in there. And I'll add on with Buster, he's doing very well. Before he left Arizona, he was running well, taking batting practice, catching bullpens. So he's back home now and doing the conditioning part, and he'll crank it back up after the first of the year.
Q: If you do have Buster at first a little bit, does that sort of make it all the more important that Aubrey be able to play the outfield next year?
Yes, I'd say. I'll sit down with Aubrey or give him a call. I hate to talk about winning players when you haven't had an extended conversation with him, but he's aware of that through our text messages. He knows that left field is a place where he could be getting a lot of playing time. So this would help our situation, having the flexibility that we could have Buster going to first, Aubrey playing left, and with Belt, we're able to mix and match the way we'd like to.
Q: Could you sort of see a situation where you've got Aubrey in left and maybe as you mentioned Buster playing first and kind of platoon them?
I wouldn't say platoon. That's a little too limited on playing field, whoever is at first base, and also, Buster is going to be our primary catcher. But if this is a way to give him a break occasionally, it's going to work out well for him and whoever is playing for us. It gives him a day if it's a tough matchup, whether it's Belt or Huff, we've got Buster in there at first.