Giants Catcher Buster Posey Has Shingles

DENVER (CBS / AP) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has shingles and is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday night’s game at Colorado.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey contracted a painful rash Sunday night under his left armpit, on his left side and his back. He’ll be available to hit, but Hector Sanchez got his second straight start.

After playing three games at Arizona, Posey got the day off Monday at Coors Field, part of a plan to ease him back after he missed most of last season with a broken leg from a home-plate collision in May.

Brought on by the same virus that causes chickenpox, shingles is a blistering skin rash most common in older people. It usually ends after four weeks, but one in five victims develop long-term nerve pain.

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