After Taijuan Walker hit Posey in the head with a 94 miles per hour fastball, AT&T park collectively gasped, and then booed, rightfully so. Seconds after it played for the first time, he was sitting in the dirt. "I think we thought this was the smart move with me being the catcher".
The Giants plunked Walker's teammate, David Peralta, later on Monday, and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy insinuated that was perhaps retaliation. The biggest reason probably is the fact that he is a catcher. While Posey has always been known for his hot bat at the plate, the Giants will likely miss him just as much on the defensive end. Posey said he was feeling well but the Giants weren't taking any risks. He took me (to right field for a home run) at their place.
The 30-year-old four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion, who has suffered a concussion in the past, said he felt fine after the incident but it is unlikely for concussion-like symptoms to appear days later.
"When you're dealing with the head, you have to use caution", he said. The manager was more optimistic than ever, but not wholly convinced, that Posey would be activated from the 7-day concussion list when eligible on Tuesday.
"It was something where I feel like we were trying to force a play in there", Arizona skipper Torey Lovullo said. We went through the protocol this morning and late in the morning and there were symptoms there. Still, Posey now heads to the seven-day disabled list as San Francisco takes an extra cautious approach.
The Giants will be without Posey for the rest of the homestand, but there's a chance an American League trip could get him back earlier than otherwise expected. Hundley has plenty of experiencing as a starter, with at least 50 games started every season since his debut in 2008.
Jake Lamb went 3 for 4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to nine games for Arizona. They went on to win Monday, getting a measure of revenge on Taijuan Walker, who said publicly that he felt bad about the way the play went down. "(She) brought joy to her family and to all of us who had the honor to know her", the team said in a statement.