Buster Posey back in action for Giants at last

JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer Published:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Buster Posey squatted into his catcher's crouch for his first spring training bullpen session and began receiving pitches from ace Tim Lincecum, then Matt Cain.

Posey showed he has plenty of pop in his bat, too. He cleared the fences a couple of times in his first round of batting practice at Scottsdale Stadium on Sunday, Day 1 for Giants pitchers and catchers.

The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year made his highly anticipated return to the field in a formal setting since a season-ending leg injury last year. He tore three ligaments in his left ankle and broke a bone in his lower leg in a frightening home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins on May 25.

GM Brian Sabean, manager Bruce Bochy and the brass kept a watchful eye.