Buster Posey is out of the Giants lineup for the second game in a row because of a tight right hamstring.
Posey said before the Giants played the New York Mets on Wednesday that he has been dealing with the hamstring tightness for about 10 days, and that team trainers felt it was best to rest for several days. The Giants have an off-day Thursday.
Posey said he dealt with “something similar” a few years ago and that he doesn’t think the hamstring is a serious issue. Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey would be available to pinch-hit Wednesday, but that testing Posey’s hamstring by starting him was “not worth the risk right now.”
Bochy also said there has been no discussion about Posey skipping the All-Star Game because of the hamstring. Posey was selected as the National League starting catcher in next week’s game in Cincinnati.
Posey said he hopes to return to the lineup after the off-day. “We’ll have to see,” he said, “but I feel like I should be playing Friday.”
* The Giants lineup against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom:
And the Mets lineup against Jake Peavy:
* The Giants announced the signing of 15 international free agents, including marquee signing Lucius Fox. Fox, who just turned 18, is a switch-hitting shortstop from the Bahamas who was ranked the No. 3 international prospect in this year’s class by MLB.com and the No. 4 international amateur prospect for 2015 by Baseball America. The Giants reportedly agreed to a deal with Fox that included a $6 million signing bonus.
Fox was at AT&T Park before Wednesday’s game and met briefly with reporters. He said he opted to sign with the Giants because of “everyone in the organization. It was just a big family, and me and my family both felt like this was the best team and organization for us. They made me feel at home.”
Fox, said to possess excellent defensive capabilities who is a contact hitter to all fields, said he likens his game to Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes. “I feel like I can bring the same energy and I can change the game with my speed like Jose Reyes does,” he said.
Former Giants manager Felipe Alou, accompanying Fox around Wednesday, said he’d watched Fox play twice in showcase games and was impressed by Fox’s maturity. Alou also pointed out that Fox speaks fluent English without the need for an interpreter, which gives him an “inside track already.”
“I was surprised also by his maturity as an individual, speed, and the way he attacks the ball from both sides of the plate is outstanding,” Alou said. “I was impressed by his way of doing things, and the amount of confidence that he has.”
Bochy said Giants scouts have been “raving about” Fox, and that Fox should start playing in instructional ball, “so I’ll get a chance to get down there and see him.”
The day Fox signed with the Giants, July 2, also happened to be his 18th birthday.
“Best birthday gift ever,” Fox said.
* Revisiting Tuesday night’s game, Bochy said he brought in left-hander Josh Osich with two outs and the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning partly because he was saving Javier Lopez for a possible matchup in the ninth.
Bochy also said he had Osich up in that situation because there was the possibility of using Osich to face a lefty-righty-lefty combination. While Lopez is mostly a left-handed specialist, Bochy sees Osich as capable of getting both left- and right-handers out.