Posey (knee) out of Giants lineup

NEW YORK – Buster posey was out of the San Francisco Giants lineup Wednesday night after coming out of a game with a sore left knee, while Brandon crawford he was ready to play shortstop after experiencing lower back strain.

Manager Gabe Kapler said both players were encouraged by how they felt arriving at the park on Wednesday.

Posey, 34, was pulled in the fifth inning Tuesday night during an 8-0 win over the New York Mets after plate umpire Greg Gibson told Kapler that Posey looked out of place.

Kapler said the seven-time All-Star was moving well Wednesday and planned to test his knee on a catcher squat during batting practice. Curt casali he was ready to start catching anyway.

“From now on, it’s good news,” Kapler said. “But obviously these things go around and around, so we’ll keep an eye on it.”

Posey has had a year of resurgence after skipping the shortened 2020 coronavirus season when he and his wife adopted twins who were born prematurely. The 2012 NL MVP singled and scored in the fourth inning Tuesday to raise his batting average to .314 with 39 RBIs and a .925 OPS.

The 34-year-old Crawford was due to hit fifth the day after being taken out in the seventh inning. Kapler said Crawford felt some tension before Tuesday’s game, and with San Francisco sweeping New York, the club pulled him out of the game.

Crawford is hitting .300 with 19 homers, 71 RBIs and an .898 OPS, earning him his first All-Star nod since 2018.

“We want to be in the face of any tension, ” Kapler said, adding that the team is committed to resting veterans Crawford, Posey, Evan Longoria and Brandon belt when problems arise.

Belt returned to the lineup after his grandmother died Tuesday morning. Belt hit two home runs Tuesday and dedicated the hits to his grandmother. Kapler said the funeral was scheduled for Friday and that Belt would drop off the team to attend.

The right Johnny cueto he was activated from the disabled list before the game and ready to make his 20th start. The 35-year-old has been on leave since Aug. 9 for a right flexor strain.