Posey looking forward to running, catching

Posey looking forward to running, catching

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey has lost his crutches, his walking boot and quite a bit of sleep over the last few weeks, but he has not lost his desire to get back on the baseball field.

Posey, who will continue his rehab in Arizona in less than two weeks, is walking around mostly pain-free. He can't jog yet, but he is still hopeful that he will be able to catch a bullpen session and take batting practice some time in October. And when he is able to return come Spring Training 2012, he wants to be behind the plate.

"I sure as heck hope so. That's the goal," Posey said Friday. "That's why we're putting all the work in right now. I'm happy with the progress I'm making. I love catching. I love working with this staff. Anybody who gets a chance to work with this caliber of pitching is pretty fortunate. I'm looking forward to getting back into some action eventually."

For now, Posey will continue to work on range-of-motion exercises so he can begin running and ramping up his weight training. Since sustaining a season-ending leg injury May 25, he has lost about 10 or 12 pounds due to increased cardio work and a lack of lifting, noting that he "just wanted to go that way rather than the other way while I was injured." He expects to gain the weight back by the spring to make sure he doesn't "wither away" during the grind of a long season.

Posey also joked that he hasn't been getting enough sleep since his wife, Kristen, gave birth to twins last month. And as his leg has improved, it's become increasingly more difficult to watch the Giants struggle on the field, knowing he can't do anything about it. But all things considered, Posey can't complain about the progress he has made.

"Buster's in a good frame of mind," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I think he's enjoying just walking around with no crutch and being able to do some rehab stuff. Hopefully in another month or so, he'll catch a bullpen in instructional ball so he can go home and realize he's pretty close to catching again."