Foul off foot forces Posey to leave game

Foul off foot forces Posey to leave game

NEW YORK -- The pain of the Giants' 3-2 loss Friday night to the New York Yankees was acutely felt by San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who left the game with a bruised right foot.

X-rays of Posey's foot showed no fracture. His playing status was announced as day to day.

Posey, a four-time All-Star and the National League's 2012 Most Valuable Player, fouled a Masahiro Tanaka pitch off his back foot in the second inning. Posey proceeded to draw a leadoff walk and jogged to second base after Brandon Crawford singled.

Posey singled to open the fourth inning but was replaced by Trevor Brown when the Giants took the field in the bottom half of the frame.

"It just wasn't feeling really better," Posey said.

Posey, 29, has been durable this season, starting 71 of San Francisco's first 96 games at catcher. Including six starts at first base and four as the designated hitter, Posey is on pace to start 137 games.

Posey, an acknowledged team leader, tried to maintain perspective when asked about the Giants' season-high six-game losing streak.

"The last two games, if a couple of things go our way, we win them," Posey said, "and I think that's the way we have to look at it."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.