Matheny critical of Cousins' hit on Posey

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Former major league catcher Mike Matheny, whose career was ended by concussions in 2008, said the hit that knocked out the Giants' Buster Posey for the rest of the season could have easily have been avoided.

Matheny finished his career with San Francisco and is a minor league instructor with St. Louis. He said Monday that Florida's Scott Cousins went out of his way to take out Posey in a play at the plate last week.

Matheny isn't in favor of rules changes to protect catchers and believes hard contact plays at the plate are just part of the game.

Matheny said Posey gave Cousins an opening to slide while awaiting a throw, but that Cousins hit him in the opposite shoulder.