Buster Posey has a small fracture on the tip of his right ring finger, but the Giants catcher expressed confidence Thursday that he'll soon return to the lineup. As much respect as we all have for Posey one has to ask what the Giants have to gain by pushing their All-Star catcher back into game action at this point in the season. The Giants are not in playoff contention this season and despite Posey's confidence that he will be back soon, the Giants may decide to limit Posey's playing time in the final couple weeks of the season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy has already said he'll give Posey a few days off to rest the finger, so at the very least Posey owners will be forced to look elsewhere for catching help in the short term. But even if Posey returns to the Giants lineup, a finger injury has the potential to negatively effect his results for the remainder of the season.
Allen Craig had to leave Wednesday's game in Cincinnati after spraining his left foot while attempting to round first base and will obviously not play in Thursday's series finale. Craig returned to St. Louis after the Cardinals thrilling 5-4 extra-inning victory and was seen wearing a walking boot and using crutches as he made his way through the clubhouse. Craig landed awkwardly on his left foot and stayed down on the infield and was tagged out on the play. He was able to walk off under his own and the Cardinals later diagnosed him with a sprained left foot. Craig's injury gave Matt Adams the opportunity to play and all he did was hit two home runs. The second solo shot was the game-winner in the 16th inning. In 212 at-bats, Adams has 11 home runs this year. He has legitimate power and with regular ABs, he is certainly worth owning in all formats down the stretch if Craig misses time.