Posey's rehab progressing nicely in Georgia

Posey's rehab progressing nicely in Georgia

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey is continuing his smooth recovery from extensive left leg injuries and appears poised to intensify his training, head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said Friday.

"We talked about ramping up his conditioning program in January," said Groeschner, who visited Posey at the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year's home in Georgia earlier this week.

Groeschner described his checkup on Posey as "uneventful. He's doing well." The Giants expect Posey to be ready to participate in drills when they begin Spring Training workouts in mid-February.

Groeschner said that Posey's current regimen mainly involves cardiovascular work, such as riding a stationary bicycle and running on a treadmill. In early January, Posey will resume baseball-related activities such as hitting and throwing and will run on flat ground. He performed these activities during September and October at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Posey, 24, sustained torn ligaments in his ankle and a fractured bone in his lower leg in a home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25. The injuries sidelined him for the season.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday at baseball's Winter Meetings that Posey might start occasionally at first base, particularly against opposing left-handed starters, to keep his bat in the lineup and ease physical stress on his leg.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.