Giants’ Belt headed for disabled list
The San Francisco Giants plan to place heralded rookie Brandon
Belt on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a hairline fracture
in slugger’s left wrist.
Belt was hit by a pitch from St. Louis’ Trever Miller in the
seventh inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. Manager
Bruce Bochy initially thought Belt would miss a few days and return
to the lineup, but tests performed Saturday morning revealed the
fracture in Belt’s wrist.
Bochy called the loss of Belt ”a tough break” and declined to
give a timetable when he might return.
Belt made two starts after being called up May 26 and is batting
.211 with a homer and four RBIs this season. He was on the Giants’
opening-day roster before being sent down to the minors after
struggling at the plate.
”The bone will take about a month to heal fully,” Belt said
following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies. ”But I
don’t plan to be out that long. If I can take it, I’ll be out there
Belt was recalled from Triple-A Fresno when catcher Buster Posey
was shelved with a fractured bone in his lower left leg and three
torn ligaments in his ankle.
San Francisco is expected to put Belt on the DL on Sunday. Conor
Gillaspie, who appeared in eight games with the Giants in 2008,
will be called up from Fresno.