Wednesday's game against the Dodgers was crucial. Like any head-to-head matchup, it meant a two-game swing in the standings. So, was manager Bruce Bochy tempted to test fate and have Buster Posey play on a tight hamstring as the catcher had hoped?

"No," Bochy said. "You rely on your medical staff. They said he needs a day off. It's an easy decision."

Posey told Bochy before heading to the park that he thought he could play, but trainers recommended against it after running Posey's right leg through a series of tests. However, Bochy said there was a 50-50 chance Posey could be available to pinch-hit.