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Giants relieved Posey, Nunez feeling better

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DENVER -- The Giants received welcome news Friday when catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Eduardo Nunez arrived at Coors Field feeling much improved after sustaining left leg injuries in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Colorado.

Posey, who had inflammation in his surgically repaired ankle, earned a walk as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Friday's 10-8 loss to the Rockies and could return to the starting lineup Saturday.

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DENVER -- The Giants received welcome news Friday when catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Eduardo Nunez arrived at Coors Field feeling much improved after sustaining left leg injuries in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Colorado.

Posey, who had inflammation in his surgically repaired ankle, earned a walk as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Friday's 10-8 loss to the Rockies and could return to the starting lineup Saturday.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy's sense of relief regarding Posey's condition was considerable.

"I don't know if we could get better news, to be honest, because he was in a lot of pain," Bochy said.

Said Posey, "I'm happy with the way it feels."

Video: SF@COL: Posey hits two-run HR, shaken up on swing

Nunez, who reported tightness in his hamstring, felt the same way, as evidenced by the smile he wore as he strode smoothly through the visitors' clubhouse. Bochy indicated Nunez was not available to pinch-hit but might be ready to come off the bench Saturday. Bochy said there's "a chance" that Nunez will start Sunday's series finale. But he seemed more likely to rejoin the lineup Monday in Atlanta.

Both Giants left Thursday's game in the seventh inning. Posey probably tore scar tissue due to the pressure on his leg as he hit his ninth home run. Moments earlier, Nunez aggravated a hamstring ailment that had required treatment since last weekend's Minnesota series.

• Not wishing to wait an additional day, left-hander Madison Bumgarner was scheduled to fly to the Giants' training complex at Scottsdale, Ariz., to throw his 30-pitch simulated game Saturday. Had Bumgarner remained with the team, he wouldn't have received a chance to get on the field until Sunday.

• Asked who would serve as the Giants' emergency catcher with Posey unavailable and Nick Hundley starting, Bochy replied, "He doesn't know it yet, but it's Gorkys Hernandez."

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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