Star catcher Buster Posey likely out for year

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Posey was hurt after San Francisco scored four runs in the ninth to force extra innings.

The play started when Emilio Bonifacio hit a shallow fly ball to right-center off Guillermo Mota for the second out in the 12th inning. Cousins tagged from third base on the sacrifice fly, beating the throw from Nate Schierholtz and lowering his shoulder to slam into Posey for a clean hit on the catcher. Cousins was safe as Posey never could quite corral the ball, giving Florida a 7-6 victory.

Cousins, who went to the University of San Francisco, lives in the Bay Area and had almost a dozen friends and family in attendance, apologized repeatedly for injuring Posey. But he believes _ as most Giants reiterated _ that he made a clean baseball play.

Cousins was even more remorseful when he heard the severity of the injury before the series finale, saying he had to look away from the replay that was shown repeatedly at the team’s hotel. He said he tried calling Posey twice overnight, left messages with Giants trainers and sent his condolences to the other clubhouse.

“The last thing I wanted to do was break a guy’s leg,” he said, tears welling up in his eyes.

The moment was as stunning as any San Francisco has seen this season.

Posey lay in the dirt around home plate, dazed, writhing in pain and curling up in a ball. After several minutes of stunned silence, fans began chanting “Posey! Posey!” as he was helped off the field by two team trainers holding up his left leg.

Posey had already taken several hard foul tips off his mask and legs this season, even leaving one game as a precaution to make sure he didn’t have a concussion. Some observers have argued a slugger of his caliber shouldn’t be behind the plate, where hits can be routine, and this injury surely won’t do much to quiet that sentiment.

Posey himself has always shaken off those remarks, saying he was born to play catcher and loves the position. Bochy also shook off questions that Posey should switch to first base _ where he played some last year _ in the future, saying it’s too early to be talking about such plans.

“Right now,” Bochy said, “we’re just trying to get over the shock of this a little.”

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