Posey has voice back, returns to lineup

Posey has voice back, returns to lineup

SAN DIEGO -- Buster Posey regained his voice and returned to the Giants' lineup at catcher Saturday, one day after being painfully struck in the throat by a one-hop Ryan Vogelsong pitch.

"All in all, I feel good," Posey said in a still-raspy voice. He noted that his throat continued to ache for about three innings after the second-inning incident until the discomfort subsided.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy reiterated that he intends to rest Posey in Sunday's series finale against San Diego. Posey was asked why he's playing at all, with the Giants having clinched the National League West.

"The main thing is to try to stay sharp," said Posey, who entered Saturday leading the NL in batting average (.334) and on-base percentage (.407). "I think we've had some good rhythm going as a team, after we had it handed to us by Arizona in the first game of that series."

Including Saturday, Posey has played in 145 of San Francisco's 158 games, starting 109 behind the plate, 28 at first base and three as a designated hitter.