Posey's Shingles Painful But Apparently Minor

It was a newsy night at Coors Field Wednesday. But Buster Posey's latest ailment was the item that grabbed the most attention.

It's not the 17 runs allowed, most by the Giants since giving up 20 in a 2006 game -- also at Coors Field.

It's not the 20 hits in 36 at-bats given up by Giants pitchers in the first six innings.

It's not the worst defensive play of the season, featuring two errors by first baseman Brett Pill.

It's not even Tim Lincecum's quickest hook of his career.

It's none of that.

It's Buster Posey, who didn't appear in the Giants' 17-8 loss to the Rockies.

That's what amounted to the newsiest item of the day. The catcher, a week into his season after missing four months of the 2011 season, sat out because of shingles, leaving him in extreme pain. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said Posey could play as early as Thursday in the series finale.

In fact, Posey offered to play on Wednesday.

But Bochy went with Hector Sanchez, though Posey pinch-hit in the eighth and flied out. He contracted a rash on his left side and under his left armpit Sunday, and Bochy said, "I guess it's quite painful."

Usually, older people get shingles (Tony La Russa had it last year). Not a baseball player in his third year in the majors.

On the field, the Giants gave up the most runs (17) and hits (22) in the six years Bochy has managed the club, and the Rockies did all that damage without hitting a single home run.

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