PHOENIX -- You can add Buster Posey to the list of star Giants who needed a day off.
Posey's surgically repaired left ankle was "pretty stiff" today, manager Bruce Bochy said, so Jackson Williams gets the start. "He's been out there quite a bit," Bochy said of Posey. "That one day in Colorado, he was off and he had to catch six innings. It caught up to him."
The Giants are off Thursday, so Posey will get 48 hours to recharge the batteries before continuing his stealth run at a second batting title. It's unclear if Brandon Crawford will join Posey for the first game of the homestand, but it doesn't look particularly good. Crawford walked into the clubhouse with an MRI envelope, but the Giants didn't have any further updates. Bochy said only that he will miss a couple of days because of the calf and oblique injuries.
It'll be a while longer for Hunter Pence, too. The right fielder isn't close to returning, and Bochy said he's pretty much limited to stretching and cardio. Will Pence return from his oblique strain before the season is over?
"I think he'll play -- but sure, that's always a possibility (that he won't return)," Bochy said.
The Giants are 8 1/2 games out with 23 to play, but Bochy isn't in White Flag Mode. He said he's not considering shutting guys down.
"Absolutely not. Who would I shut down?" he said. "If they're healthy, they want to play. We still believe anything can happen. You have to believe that."
--- Bochy said Matt Cain will be ready to go Friday when the Giants return home. He can officially come off the DL tomorrow. "He liked coming out of the 'pen," Bochy said. "He feels good."
--- If you missed it last night, here's my story on Tim Hudson's big night back. Per Elias, Hudson became the first 40-year-old to get the win and a homer in the same game since Nolan Ryan in 1987. A day later, teammates were still buzzing about how much fun it was watching Hudson, and Matt Duffy explained why he was caught laughing on the top step of the dugout. Turns out Duffy turned to Bochy before that at-bat and said something to the effect of, "Come on Huddy, hit a homer!" When he actually did a couple pitches later, the two started laughing.