SAN FRANCISCO -- After spending two of his off-days in Houston working on catching drills, Buster Posey checked off the final box in preparation for his Saturday start behind the plate before Friday's game against the Red Sox. Posey, along with backup catcher Eli Whiteside, practiced taking pop flies, as well as relay throws, before batting practice Friday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy recently said that Posey, who has started at catcher once in 21 games, would begin seeing more time behind the plate -- perhaps as often as once through the pitching rotation.
As for Friday's pregame drills, Bochy said it was nothing more than a little fine-tuning. "He got a little bit of early work, which we do with these guys when they haven't played a position a lot," Bochy said. "In this ballpark, popups can be pretty tough to handle, so we were just getting some work."