NL West Notes: Posey, Wilson, Bauer, Page

Feb 25, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) catches a ball during a workout during spring training at Scotsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Here's the latest news out of the NL West:

  • Buster Posey made his long-awaited return to the Giants lineup on Friday, catching his first game in 289 days. The San Francisco Chronicle was there to get a few key quotes from the catcher.
  • Any concerns Posey would feel pain or discomfort the day after his debut can be put aside, says MLB.com's Owen Perkins. Posey showed no ill effects following Friday's game and is expected to play four innings today.
  • More good news for Giants fans: Perkins also reports that Brian Wilson and his elbow are "ready to go", and will hit the mound today for the first time this spring.
  • Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports takes a look at the peculiarity and potential of Diamondbacks uber-prospect Trevor Bauer. A takeaway quote on Bauer's warmup routine:
  • "So strange. So, so strange," Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan said, smiling in wonder. "Everyone has got their routines and stuff. But he was almost in our bullpen, throwing into their bullpen. That’s crazy."
  • The LA Times reports that the Dodgers have signed NFL veteran Jarrad Page, 27, to a minor league contract. Page hit an underwhelming .149 with one home run and 48 strikeouts in 101 at-bats in his last season at UCLA in 2005, the last time he played baseball competitively.
  • Corey Brock at MLB.com reports that Padres owner-in-training Jeff Moorad has withdrawn his application for a "control transfer" in order to expedite the team's new TV deal with Fox Sports San Diego. Phil Rogers at the Chicago Tribune is not pleased, and says the Padres ownership situation worse than the Mets and Dodgers:
  • "Forget the Mets' financing troubles attached to the Fred Wilpon/Bernie Madoff connection. Look past the Red Sox's franchise-reshaping, where these days only the uniforms seem unchanged, and the slow-moving sale of the Dodgers.

    The chaos at the Padres' ownership level is just as bad, maybe even worse now after a week that saw Jeff Moorad's purchase left in serious question."
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