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Buster Posey to DL With Fractured Bone

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    The manager of the San Francisco Giants talks about the hit that appears to have cost the Giants the best player for the rest of the 2011 season. (Published Thursday, May 26, 2011)

    We can end the speculation on Buster Posey's injury now, as the Giants announced via Twitter that Posey is headed to the disabled list with a "fracture to [a] bone in [his] lower left leg."

    That's not necessarily not broken, of course, and an MRI on Thursday afternoon will reveal more details.

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    The manager of the San Francisco Giants talks about the hit that appears to have cost the Giants the best player for the rest of the 2011 season. (Published Thursday, May 26, 2011)

    Some potentially good news did come from Brian Sabean, who disputed reports of how bad the injury was while speaking to Carl Steward of the Contra Costa Times.

    "What's being reported is not factual," Sabean said. "They probably got it half right."

    To read that literally, if Buster is half as injured as everyone's thought, then the long-term ramifications won't be crippingly serious. It's worth noting, however, that the Giants homepage still reads that Posey is "likely out for the season."

    And besides, the issue right now is the short term, which is a totally different ballgame.

    Posey's headed to the DL, and he's not alone: Mike Fontenot and Darren Ford will be joining him.

    Fontenot is dealing with a groin strain and Ford suffered an ankle sprain recently.

    Replacing those three players will be Brandon Belt and Chris Stewart, as expected.

    But a surprise player -- shortstop Brandon Crawford -- will be joining the MLB roster as well. Crawford, the sixth-ranked prospect in the Giants organization by Baseball America, will step in to fill the defensive void left by Fontenot's injury.

    After all, Pablo Sandoval is still injured and the idea of Miguel Tejada trying to play third base and shortstop at the same time is enough to give any Giants fan an ulcer.

    To make room on the 40-man roster for the prospects, the Giants have also designated Henry Sosa and Ryan Rohlinger for assignment.

    So, if Posey's done for the year, the lineup's going to look interesting in the next few weeks. There's a possibility that the Giants could make another move for a catcher, but for now, Eli Whiteside and Stewart are left to fill some very big shoes.