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

for sure.”

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.