SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — Giants catcher Buster Posey said it’s “highly likely” he will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left leg and ankle in a collision at home plate.

Posey said in a conference call with San Francisco reporters Friday that he is still committed to playing catcher whenever he returns. He also asked that Major League Baseball and the players’ union look at ways to protect catchers at home plate.

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Posey felt Florida’s Scott Cousins could have slid around him but said the collision was a legal play. He holds no ill will against Cousins and said he doesn’t want to “vilify” him.

The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year broke a bone in his lower left leg and tore three ligaments in his ankle when Cousins scored the winning run Wednesday night.
Posey is in the process of seeking a specialist to perform surgery on his ankle. He said he’s in almost constant pain but confident he will make a full recovery, even if it’s unclear exactly how long that will take.

“I think we’ll know more once we do some surgery,” Posey said. “I think it’s highly likely I probably won’t be back (this season), from what I’m hearing.”

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