Giants manager Bruce Bochy made an interesting comment when discussing Buster Posey's athleticism and his above average defense at first base despite little experience.

"I think he could play third," Bochy said. "That's how athletic I think he is."

File away that thought. It's not the first time I've heard it, either. Bochy isn't alone among scouts and baseball officials, some within the Giants organization, who believe Posey would have enough range, reaction skills – and certainly enough arm strength – to be a solid third baseman. That might be a handy option to keep in mind in future seasons if fitness remains an issue for Pablo Sandoval.

But that's a discussion to pick up again at the winter meetings. For now, the important information is this: The "crick in the neck" that Posey felt in the eighth inning Monday night wasn't serious enough to keep him out of Tuesday's lineup.

Posey is batting cleanup and playing first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bochy said he planned to watch Posey carefully in batting practice, and if his cleanup hitter felt anything, the team would scratch him. So far, so good.

Posey felt a twinge Monday night when he hit the first base bag while making a safe call with his arms. So perhaps his days providing helpful pantomime to umpires are at an end.

Bochy didn't say it outright, but he made it sound as if Posey originally would have caught Barry Zito – a sign that they would form a battery in a potential playoff start. Hector Sanchez has been Zito's personal catcher for most of the season.