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Posey sidelined with bone bruise in thumb

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SAN DIEGO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey was out of Monday night's lineup against the San Diego Padres with a bone bruise in his left thumb.

The injury, which was revealed by an MRI exam on Monday, occurred as Posey applied a tag in last Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. Since then, Posey has mustered one hit in 17 at-bats, dropping his batting average to .311 -- its lowest point since he was hitting .278 on April 8.

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SAN DIEGO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey was out of Monday night's lineup against the San Diego Padres with a bone bruise in his left thumb.

The injury, which was revealed by an MRI exam on Monday, occurred as Posey applied a tag in last Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. Since then, Posey has mustered one hit in 17 at-bats, dropping his batting average to .311 -- its lowest point since he was hitting .278 on April 8.

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Manager Bruce Bochy characterized Posey's playing status as day to day.

"My guess is another day or two [of rest] and he's OK to go," Bochy said.

Posey expressed hope that the rest would "calm down" the discomfort in his thumb, which he said has prevented him from swinging aggressively.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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