Giants C Buster Posey undergoes hip surgery, rehab set to begin


SAN FRANCISCO -- The clock has officially started on the second significant rehab process of Buster Posey's career. 

Posey underwent surgery Monday afternoon to address an impingement in his right hip and repair a torn labrum that bothered him at the plate all season. The Giants announced Monday evening that Posey's surgery had been completed by Dr. Marc Philippon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He will rest for a couple of days before returning to San Francisco to begin his rehab. 

Posey is expected to miss six to eight months, which puts next opening day somewhat in doubt. The Giants currently are seven months and three days from their 2019 opener at Petco Park. When he announced that he would be having surgery, Posey said he was optimistic that he would be back in time. 

"If things go smoothly with no hiccups, I'll be ready to go next opening day," he said on Friday. 

With Posey out for the remainder of the season, the Giants will give Nick Hundley most of the time behind the plate. Hundley has started every game since Posey announced he was having surgery, but manager Bruce Bochy said rookie Aramis Garcia could make his MLB debut on Wednesday. 

In his 10th big league season, Posey finished with a .284 average and .741 OPS. Robbed of an ability to generate power from his lower half, he hit just five homers and drove in 41 runs in 105 appearances.

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