Buster Posey knew better than to stay in the lineup. The headache was a pretty good indicator.
Posey came out of Sunday’s game in the fourth inning as a precautionary measure after taking a foul ball off his face mask.
“As a competitor you never want to come out of a game,” Posey said following the San Francisco Giants’ 8-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies. “But when your head feels weird and you’ve taken a couple of hard ones in the last three or four days, it was the right move.”
Hector Sanchez pinch hit for Posey and hit a home run, one of the highlights of another game that got away.
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“We’re a few outs away from a sweep,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Instead we get swept, and that’s always tough to handle.”
Posey, who said he underwent a series of successful tests, has made one trip to the seven-day concussion list in the minor leagues after getting hit by a pitch.
“There were no severe symptoms then,” he said. “Everything feels normal now. I’m OK.”
• The Los Angeles Angels have placed right-hander Fernando Salas on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Salas (4-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win in Saturday night’s 11-6 win over the Braves in 13 innings. The Angels used eight pitchers in the game. Manager Mike Scioscia says Salas has had lingering discomfort and the move was made “to try to knock this thing out.” Right-hander Dane De La Rosa was recalled from Class AAA Salt Lake.
• The Detroit Tigers made a move Sunday morning to try to bolster their struggling bullpen, recalling lefty Blaine Hardy from Class AAA Toledo. Detroit’s bullpen has been a major factor in its recent 8-17 stretch. Even in Saturday’s win over Minnesota, the Tigers allowed eight runs in the last three innings to turn an 11-1 blowout to a 12-9 nailbiter. To make room for the 27-year-old Hardy, Detroit optioned reliever Corey Knebel to Toledo.
• The Minnesota Twins placed Trevor Plouffe on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle and recalled Pedro Florimon from Class AAA Rochester. Plouffe sustained the injury in Saturday’s 12-9 loss to the Tigers while diving for Ian Kinsler’s infield single.