SAN FRANCISCO Ė X-rays revealed that Buster Posey has a ďsmall fractureĒ on the tip of his right finger, but the Giantsí catcher and reigning NL MVP remains hopeful he can return to the lineup within a few days.
ďFrom everything Iím hearing, hopefully in a couple days itíll calm down and I can play through it,Ē said Posey, who was struck on his bare hand in the sixth inning Tuesday when a pitch from Madison Bumgarner bounced off the plate.
Poseyís finger remained sore; the impact of the pitch ripped half his fingernail from the nail bed. When it didnít show much improvement Thursday, Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner suggested they check for a fracture.
ďItís not displaced, so itíll correct itself,Ē said Posey, who might wear a hard plastic piece when he returns.
Posey didnít think that throwing would be a problem. As for swinging, he said he hasnít tried to grip a bat since Tuesday. But the fact itís his top hand is encouraging.
ďIím hopeful itís manageable,Ē Posey said.
Posey was just starting to turn a corner after a mostly sluggish second half in which heís hit just one home run. He was 2 for 3 on Tuesday and has a .412 average over his last nine games, although his streak without a homer is now at 129 at-bats since his last one July 20.
Itís been a bad year for fingers. Ryan Vogelsong missed three months after a pitch crushed the pinkie on his pitching hand in several places May 20. And second baseman Marco Scutaro tore a tendon in his left pinkie when struck by a pitch in June; Scutaro missed a couple days but decided to play through the injury, which will leave him with a permanently bent fingers.
Thatís one reason there have been fewer high fives in the Giants dugout this year.