Posey scratched with ailing hamstring

Posey scratched with ailing hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Tightness in catcher Buster Posey's right hamstring forced the Giants to scratch him from the lineup for Wednesday night's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers, though he's not considered seriously injured.

Manager Bruce Bochy didn't rule out using Posey late in the game as a pinch-hitter or, in an emergency, on defense, as long as the Giants' leading hitter responded to treatment. Posey's playing status is day to day.

Bochy denied that the Giants' victories in the series' first two games made resting Posey less burdensome.

"It really wouldn't matter if we lost the first two. He wouldn't play," Bochy said.

Bochy said that Posey's discomfort increased gradually throughout Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over Los Angeles. Posey, who went 1-for-3 with a two-run single, left the game after his final at-bat in the seventh inning. He and the Giants initially believed that he'd be able to play Wednesday, but he still didn't feel right after his leg was examined.

Posey, who was sidelined for the final four months of the 2011 season after sustaining multiple left leg injuries in a home-plate collision, entered Wednesday ranked among the National League leaders in batting average (third, .327), on-base percentage (third, .403), RBIs (tied for fourth, 79), batting average with runners in scoring position (fifth, .339) and slugging percentage (fifth, .538). He appeared in 112 of San Francisco's first 123 games, starting 87 at catcher and 18 at first base.