Recently injured catcher Buster Posey was seen in an unfamiliar position Sunday as the Giants faced off in yet another disappointing game against the Denver Rockies: first baseman. As CSN Bay Area noted, regular first baseman Brandon Belt got rotated to left field after Denard Span suffered a sprained shoulder Saturday night following a collision with a fence. And the injuries don't end there: Star pitcher Madison Bumgarner landed on the disabled list for the first time in his career Friday following a dirt bike accident that injured both his ribs and throwing shoulder, as ESPN reported. And this was after Posey had just returned from seven days on the disabled list following an errant pitch that hit him in the helmet, and after Hunter Pence is still recovering from a banged up knee.
As the Mercury-News notes, coach Bruce Bochy took Pence out of the game Sunday and moved Belt to right field by the latter half of the game.
Bumgarner, meanwhile, could spend the next two months off the field, putting greater pressure on starting pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija (who remains winless at 0-4 this season, as the AP notes), Matt Moore, and Matt Cain.
All these injuries so early in the season aren't helping matters either when the team's first 19 games have left them at the very bottom of the National League with the worst early-season record since 1983. As the Merc reports, it was that team, 34 years back, that tied this year's record of 6-13 in the first 19 games of the season.
Said Bochy after Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Rockies, "Right now, there’s nothing clicking, let’s be honest. It’s a rough start. We’re not very good right now. But we’ve been through it. I’ve got men out there. This is when you find a way to get through it, and they will."