Giants catcher Buster Posey underwent right hip surgery Monday to address hip impingement and repair a torn labrum. He is scheduled to return to the Bay Area later this week to begin his rehabilitation, which is expected to last six to eight months.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Posey is hopeful that addressing the hip issue will help him regain his full range of skills as a hitter. Posey has struggled to the lowest OPS+ (102) in any full season of his career this season. He hit .284/.359/.382 with five home runs in 105 games this season, seeing his slugging percentage drop from .462 in 2017.
Posey said he was ready to play out the rest of 2018 if the Giants remained in postseason contention, but entering play on Monday, San Francisco was eight games back in both the National League West and NL Wild Card races.
"You don't want to say you're out of it until you're out of it," Posey said. "But unfortunately, where we are, I think it makes the most sense to get this taken care of."