Posey sits out with hamstring tightness

Posey sits out with hamstring tightness

SAN FRANCISCO -- A tight right hamstring kept Buster Posey out of the lineup for the second game in a row Wednesday, but the catcher said that he expects to play Friday when the Giants open a three-game series against the Phillies.

The timing of Posey's rest coincides with Thursday's scheduled off-day, giving him additional opportunity to recover and prepare himself to return to action Friday. He said before Wednesday's series finale against the Mets that he would be available to pinch-hit if necessary.

Posey indicated that he didn't hurt in a particular incident. "It's been gradual," he said of his discomfort.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that the possibility of excusing Posey from participating in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile was not discussed. Posey, a three-time All-Star, was elected to start in the Midsummer Classic for the second time.

Posey, 28, entered Wednesday batting .300 with 14 home runs, 57 RBIs and an .865 OPS.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.