Buster Posey - Buster Posey went down in August and opted for hip surgery. He is expected to be back for opening day, and news is already out that he will remain at catcher. Given Posey is now over 30 years old, you have to start wondering if a switch is coming at some point. Posey has lost a little bit of a step, and nagging injuries might be to blame. Posey’s health is still in question, even if he comes back 100% from the hip injury.
Johnny Cueto - Johnny Cueto is going to miss all of the 2019 season, which leaves a major hole for the Giants. The aging San Francisco team is going to be on the cusp of being a bottom division team again if they don’t keep their healthy guys healthy. Cueto set to miss the year is going to put more pressure on Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija to stay healthy, which they haven’t been of late.Top Injuries in Franchise History
We can easily go back to Barry Bonds in 2005 where his knee gave him trouble, and he ended up needing surgery on it. Guys like J.T. Snow and Armando Benitez were also wearing down as this long time core of San Francisco players were starting to hit the DL more frequently. Russ Ortiz in 2007 went down later in the year with a torn flexor tendon in his right arm. He joined Kevin Frandsen on the DL, who had ruptured his Achilles tendon.
During the 2011 season, Buster Posey suffered a nasty injury, breaking his leg and straining a few ligaments. He would eventually make a full recovery, but the Posey collision at the plate would change baseball rules forever. The 2011 season also saw Pablo Sandoval hit the DL with a fractured hand, and Mark DeRosa go down with a sprained wrist that would never quite heal right that season.
Matt Cain had been struggling anyway, but 2014 was really a nail in his career as a legit starter moving forward. Cain ended up needing elbow surgery at the end of the season, and his velocity really diminished. Tim Lincecum was in the same boat as he needed hip surgery at the end of the season after. Lincecum was also in the midst of losing velocity, and neither were the same type of pitchers as they were in their prime.