Posey to miss All-Star game with injury

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants catcher Buster Posey will miss the All-Star game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation.

Manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Monday before the start of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants had been discussing the possibility for about a month, Bochy said, and Posey is scheduled to have the injection after Sunday's Bay Bridge Series game against Oakland.

"His situation with the hip, we're hoping to get to the All-Star break and he will get an injection, but he's going to need some time after that," Bochy said. "He won't be able to participate in the game."

Posey began the day batting .285 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 74 games. Bochy believes the hip has affected Posey's power.

The 31-year-old Posey sat out two games in late May at Wrigley Field with soreness in the hip.

"It's flared up on him. He's missed some time because of it not too long ago," Bochy said. "Our hope is make it through this week and we can give him three or four days to get this thing cleared up. ... Hopefully with this injection get this thing to calm down and clear up. He's been playing with it. You can tell, all of you can tell. It's bothered him and he's been a warrior through this. He has missed some time earlier, he missed two or three days. The break will serve him well."

• RAVIZZA DIES: Dr. Ken Ravizza, an innovator in the field of sports psychology who long worked with the athletics programs at Cal State Fullerton, Olympians and most recently with the Chicago Cubs, has died in San Francisco. He was 70.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was a close friend, and Maddon heard from Ravizza's wife, Claire, late Sunday with the news. The family also posted an update of his death on the Web site caringbridge.org. Ravizza had suffered a heart attack July 2 and Maddon said he was in a medically induced coma.

Ravizza helped Maddon utilize phrases such as "attitude is a decision" and find ways to help players through the mental part of the game. The two men met in the mid-1980s when Maddon was managing in the Angels organization. Maddon would visit Ravizza's classroom at Fullerton to help prepare for spring training.

Ravizza worked as a mental skills consultant for the Rays when Maddon managed there, then joined the Cubs when Maddon came aboard ahead of the 2015 season - and the Cubs captured their first World Series championship in 108 years with the 2016 title.

"I just want people to know he was the best at what he did," Maddon said Monday before his club opened a series against the San Francisco Giants.

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