Giants' Posey one step closer to a call-up

Updated: May 27, 2010, 2:16 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The lineup the San Francisco Giants trotted out for Wednesday's loss to the Washington Nationals featured zero hitters who began the day with a .300 batting average, and only one part-timer had a slugging percentage better than .431. Meanwhile, down on the farm at Triple-A Fresno, catcher Buster Posey began the day hitting .346 and slugging .525, then he smacked another home run against Memphis. Call me crazy, but no matter what position this guy plays, the Giants covet a bat like his in the lineup … and fantasy owners certainly could use another strong offensive catcher.

The Giants' decision to start Aubrey Huff in the outfield Tuesday night -- he played left field, without incident -- for the first time since 2006 was a signal to me that the team was opening up his customary first-base spot for Posey. Frankly, I think it's reasonable for Posey to just simply replace Huff, and most of the lineup, for that matter. Then again, Huff isn't this lineup's biggest problem. The fact that Juan Uribe leads the team with six home runs is.