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LOS ANGELES – Buster Posey’s lower back was wrapped in ice after Tuesday’s game and Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged his star catcher has been battling some tightness that affected his at-bats in Monday’s 13-inning victory at Dodger Stadium.
But Bochy said Posey had improved with treatment and should be nearer to his usual form on Wednesday when the Giants take the field hoping to beat Clayton Kershaw and stay alive in the NL West.
Posey is playing first base, with Andrew Susac catching Tim Hudson. Susac has been warming up starting pitcher as well to save Posey some wear and tear.
Posey continues to get his hits and is batting .395 in September. He might run out of games to catch Justin Morneau, who leads the NL with a .319 average. Posey was at .310 entering Wednesday night.
In other pregame news, Michael Morse hasn’t gotten much closer to being able to swing a bat because of his strained left oblique injury.
“He’s trying, and I’m certainly hoping” that Morse can play in the season-ending four-game series against the San Diego Padres, Bochy said. “But I’d put it at doubtful."