Posey headed to Arizona for more rehab

Posey headed to Arizona for more rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy was walking through the concourse to the Giants clubhouse Wednesday morning when a quicker pedestrian passed him.

It was Buster Posey, injured left leg and all. As Bochy related, he told his sidelined catcher, "Jeez, you have a little hop to your step."

And for good reason. Posey will travel to the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday to continue rehabilitating his leg. Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said that Posey should able to take swings off a batting tee by next week. Posey will intensify his range-of-motion and strengthening exercises in Arizona while gradually broadening his range of baseball drills. Catching a pitcher's bullpen throwing session remains Posey's primary short-term goal during his Arizona stint, which is scheduled to last until Nov. 1.

Groeschner expressed cautious optimism regarding Posey, who's expected to be ready for Spring Training 2012.

"He's maybe a little ahead [of schedule] or right on it," Groeschner said. "That's great and all, but we still have to get to the finish line."

Wednesday, Posey played catch for the third time since being cleared for limited baseball-related activities and, said Bochy, jogged lightly on a treadmill.

"He feels good. He's in a good frame of mind," Bochy said. "You can tell he's excited that he can turn up the baseball activities a notch. It's been a tough summer for him."