Manager Bruce Bochy forcefully rejected the notion that he is reluctant to have Buster Posey catch Tim Lincecum, terming as "completely false" a report that they will not be paired this season.
The issue arose when Bochy had just-promoted Eli Whiteside catch Lincecum on Friday night. Hector Sanchez had caught Lincecum's five previous starts, fueling speculation that Lincecum no longer felt comfortable working with the All-Star catcher. Posey and Lincecum both have said they have no problem with one another.
"Timmy doesn't care who he throws to, and it's my call when I'm going to give Buster a break," said Bochy, who actually gave Posey a semi-break by playing him at first base.
Bochy also said that Posey admitted he was "feeling it" after catching eight innings in Thursday's day game in Atlanta after catching most of Wednesday night's 11-inning game, which started late because of rain. Furthermore, Bochy said, catching Lincecum can be hard on the body with all the balls in the dirt one has to block.
"I didn't want him to go through another tough game after catching in the hot weather, and that's the truth," Bochy said. "It was totally my decision."
Bochy: Lincecum-Posey battery not dead
San Francisco Chronicle | Jul 21