SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants like what they have seen from Buster Posey this spring and are optimistic his progress from a broken lower left leg and torn ankle ligaments will continue into the regular season.
"We thought he would be fine. He has not had any hiccups since rehab," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Buster is coming through all the stuff we put him through and we think he is really back to where he was. He's not showing any ill effects of the injury."
Posey caught eight innings Friday and also shined on the basepaths. He ran hard to first base in the fifth inning for an infield hit and later scored from second base and slid home feet-first in a close play at the plate. He said he experienced "normal" soreness Saturday morning.
"I'm really optimistic because I think I have made a lot of progress this spring," he said. "I think it's only going to get better and better."
Posey was penciled in the lineup at first base Saturday against the Reds and said he hopes to catch as many games as possible when the regular season begins.
"He's going to do a lion's share of the catching. I don't know how many games," Bochy said. "I think we can answer that a little bit better as we get into the season. He'll be our starting catcher and occasionally he'll play first base to keep his bat in there. We'll keep an eye on him."
Hensley unconcerned by strained calf
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants reliever Clay Hensley has been diagnosed with a mild right calf strain and had an MRI on Saturday.
Hensley was removed from Friday's game because of the calf but hopes to return to the mound in a couple of days. He played catch Saturday.
"It's been off and on, but it hasn't been that big of a problem," Hensley said. "I felt it in the bullpen and after my second pitch. Nothing popped or anything like that, but it's Spring Training and you want to be ready for the season."
Hensley has a 2.89 ERA in 9 1/3 innings this spring. His contract for 2012 became guaranteed Friday.
Otero wins Giants' spring newcomer award
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right-handed pitcher Dan Otero was named the winner of the Giants' 2012 Harry S. Jordan Award as voted by his teammates, coaches and training staff Saturday morning.
Named in honor of the former longtime Minor League trainer, the award is given to a player in his first big league camp whose performance and dedication best exemplifies the team's spirit.
"My expectations were to come in and enjoy it," Otero said. "I didn't really know what to expect. I knew some of the guys and played with some of the guys, but the first time being here is overwhelming at first. But after a while, you get acclimated."
Otero, 27, boasts a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings pitched over nine relief appearances this spring. He has not allowed a run in each of his last six outings.
Ryan Vogelsong, who was officially placed on the disabled list Friday, pitched in three innings against Giants Triple-A players Saturday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks. He remains on track to make his season debut April 15 against the Pirates at home.
Vogelsong is expected to start the season opener for Triple-A Fresno at Tucson on April 5 and make another rehab start before returning to the big leagues.
Left-handed starter Barry Zito will stay back in Arizona and pitch in a Minor League game on Wednesday. Bochy wants Zito to pitch at least five or six innings in that game.