Posey Runs The Bases

C Buster Posey ran the bases for about 10 minutes Tuesday, showing significant improvement and providing hope that he might be able to play in a spring training game by the end of the week.

Posey ran from home to first, first to third, and second to home. He had performed the same routine 10 days ago but said after Tuesday's run, he felt a "significant improvement from then," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Posey simulated hitting a ball from the batter's box and running up the first-base line. He also rounded the bag on several runs and hit the bag with his left foot occasionally. It was his left ankle that was surgically repaired after a collision at home plate last season.

Once he gets into a game, Posey said it might impossible for him to do anything less than full speed.

"I don't think I can do that," he said. "When you play the game you've just got to play the game. So much of my game is instinct."

--Posey is destined for a one-year contract, not a multiyear deal, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He earned $575,000 last year and missed most of the season because of leg and ankle injuries, and he has yet to play a full season. In his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010, he arrived in May. As a Super Two player, Posey is eligible for arbitration after this season.

--Bryan Stow, the Giants fan battling to recover from a near-fatal beating outside Dodgers Stadium last year, has been moved to a new rehabilitation facility by his family.

According to a blog post by the family cited by MLB.com, it is hoped that Stow, 43, will benefit from therapy that's designed to teach him to become as independent as possible. He still requires full-time assistance, however.

The family did not identify the long-term rehab facility where he'll housed in an apartment with two other patients also recovering from traumatic brain injuries.

Stow was beaten and fell into a coma after being beaten as left the Dodgers' Opening Day game last season against the Giants. Two men have been arrested in the case.

Stow still has memory problems, and the family said that he could not recall details from a birthday party that friends and relatives had for him last month.

A suit has been filed on behalf of Stow seeking up to $50 million in damages.

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