SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy hopes that Buster Posey can increase his catching workload this season.
The calendar is one factor in Posey's favor. He's another year removed from the horrific left leg injuries he sustained on May 25, 2011. Last year, Posey caught 114 games, starting 111. He also started 29 games at first base and three as a designated hitter while appearing in 148 games overall.
Posey started his 14th game as a catcher Saturday against San Diego. That put the National League's reigning Most Valuable Player on pace to catch 126 games this season, a significant jump from 2012.
Bochy's remarks reflect the Giants' intent to use Posey where he can help them the most, which should silence the buzz about his potential switch to a corner-infield position. The Giants didn't sign him to a nine-year, $167 million contract extension last month to squander his skills.
"I think when it's all said and done -- knock on wood, he stays healthy -- you'll see he'll catch more games this year," Bochy said. "But at the same time, we want to keep him fresh and take care of him."
Giants counting on Affeldt returning April 30
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left-hander Jeremy Affeldt should be able to rejoin the active roster when he's eligible to leave the disabled list on April 30, manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday.
"I think he can be ready in 15 days," Bochy said of Affeldt, who's sidelined with a strained right oblique. "He seems like he's making a lot of improvement. I'll be honest: I'll be surprised if it takes longer than 15."
Meanwhile, relievers such as George Kontos will be asked to compensate for Affeldt's absence. Kontos accomplished that in Friday night's series-opening, 3-2 victory over San Diego, pitching 1 1/3 innings spanning the seventh and eighth innings. He yielded a double to Chris Denorfia but struck out two Padres.
"When you lose a guy like Affeldt, one of your setup guys, you hope the other guys pick it up. Kontos did that for us last night," Bochy said.
Kontos' 6.10 ERA in nine appearances entering Saturday is deceiving. Opponents are batting just .222 off him, he has retired 18 of the last 20 batters he has faced and and he has struck out 10 while issuing just one walk.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.