SAN FRANCISCO -- Choosing long-term benefits over short-term gain, Giants manager Bruce Bochy stuck to his plan to keep Buster Posey out of the lineup for Friday's Interleague series opener against the Oakland A's.
Posey wasn't expected to catch, since Hector Sanchez typically handles that duty when Barry Zito starts. But Bochy briefly considered keeping Posey's bat in the lineup by starting him at first base. Posey went 5-for-8 in the two-game series against St. Louis, lifting his batting average from .280 to .302.
"It's not easy to take your cleanup hitter out of the lineup," Bochy said. "But you hear me say this all the time: diminishing returns."
In other words, Bochy wants to avoid wearing out Posey physically. Nearly a year removed from sustaining multiple left leg injuries, Posey appeared in 34 of San Francisco's first 39 games, starting 32 -- 25 at catcher and seven at first base.
Center fielder Angel Pagan replaced Posey in the cleanup spot. Pagan last batted fourth on June 13, 2011, against Pittsburgh.