Giants executive Brian Sabean confirmed multiple reports that Buster Posey will soon have season-ending surgery to repair his ailing right hip when he joined Lund & Middlekauff on Thursday evening.
“He did get a second opinion in New York and I would say at this point in time the surgery is really imminent, we’re trying to schedule that as we speak,” Sabean said. “Credit to him he’s died on the sword and now with the type of surgery he’s going to have which is an entire clean out of that hip, he needs as much recovery time as possible. It’s not a matter of if it’s going to get done it’s just when now.”
Sabean also gave us our first idea of when Posey may be able to return to the fold next season. Sabean revealed that the recovery time is six months from when he goes under the knife, slating Posey to return near the beginning of spring training in March.
“Whatever the comfort zone is to make sure he’s on go as well as the timetable works. Our ability to cover is lost once he leaves the team because as you know catchers are at a premium, and in this case we’ll probably have to bring up (Aramis) Garcia who really has no experience, and (Nick) Hundley will get the lion’s share of the playing time.
“Health-wise they say it’s a very common surgery, more so maybe in football. Recovery time is what it is, it’s six-plus months, and if you hit the mark well enough you should be able to perform in spring training and hopefully start the season on time. That’s one of the fears is you that you don’t want to lose additional time game-wise going into next year whether it be the month of April or even into May.”
Listen to the full interview below. To hear Sabean on Posey, start from 4:00.