Giants hoping Posey (finger) returns Friday

Catcher out with bruise caused by foul tip; slumping Panda sits

Giants hoping Posey (finger) returns Friday

DENVER -- Catcher Buster Posey was out of the Giants' starting lineup in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Rockies, though manager Bruce Bochy expressed hope that the five-time All-Star's right hand will be healed enough to enable him to play in Friday's Interleague series opener against the White Sox.

Posey sustained a painful bruise during Tuesday's eighth inning when a foul tip hit by Colorado's DJ LeMahieu struck him on the fourth finger of his right hand.

Bochy said that though he could envision Posey playing Friday, "That's not a guarantee."

The Giants' skipper acknowledged that Posey, who's batting a team-high .318, might play first base or serve as the designated hitter if he starts Friday in Chicago.

• While Posey didn't play because he was hurting, third baseman Pablo Sandoval began Wednesday's game on the bench because he's slumping.

Sandoval's sweet sliding stop

Sandoval's hitless streak grew to 37 at-bats Tuesday night as he went 0-for-4 in a 9-6 loss to the Rockies. Sandoval matched Johnnie LeMaster's 1984 mark for the longest hitless streak by a Giants position player since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958. Sandoval then broke that record by striking out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday.

Due to Thursday's scheduled off-day, Sandoval would essentially receive a two-day break -- which might clear his head, Bochy surmised.

"We'll see if we can get him back to where he was when he came up," Bochy said. Sandoval recorded four multiple-hit efforts in a five-game stretch Aug. 18-22.

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.