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Buster Posey Injury, The NL West Pennant Now Up For Grabs

Buster Posey is one of the great young players in the league and when he went down Wednesday night in a horrific bone-snapping injury it was one of the sadder moments of the season. The Giants starting catcher was hitting .284 this season and both offensively and defensively had quickly become a very important part of the San Fransisco team that is trying to repeat its 2010 World Series victory.

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The latest news on Posey is that he has a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle. The knee is reportedly fine.

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Buster will be out for the season which leaves a giant hole in the Giants' roster. This is the guy who orchestrated that fantastic pitching performance in the 2010 MLB Playoffs and had San Fransisco ranked as the National Leagues' third-best staff.

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The Giants are 27-21 and just 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. The Rockies are more likely to pose a threat to the Giants than Arizona and San Diego could go on a run as well. What's clear is that Posey's loss will be a huge hurdle to overcome. The first few games could be rocky but it won't take more than a couple of weeks to figure out if the Giants can bounce back or if the division is open for the taking.

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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) is carried off the field after a collision with Florida Marlins' Scott Cousins during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Cousins scored the go-ahead run on the play as Florida won 7-6. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)