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Brandon Belt diagnosed with hairline fracture in left wrist

Jun 4, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

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You can forget all that talk about Brandon Belt‘s wrist injury being of the minor variety.

According to the Giants’ official Twitter feed, the promising 23-year-old was diagnosed Saturday with a hairline fracture in his left wrist and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Belt was struck in the wrist by a pitch on Tuesday night in St. Louis. Initial X-rays showed no break, but further testing this weekend revealed the hairline fracture. He’s likely to miss at least a full month.

Belt is batting .211/.328/.281 with one home run and four RBI through his first 67 major league plate appearances. The Giants have recalled outfielder Cole Gillespie from the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

  1. skerney - Jun 4, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Good grief.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Do we need another rule change?

    • paperlions - Jun 4, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      Nope, unlike the rules for obstruction and interference, which are ignored only for plays at home; the HBP rule is always enforced.

      • randomdigits - Jun 5, 2011 at 3:57 AM

        That is simply not true. How many times do you see the batter not make an attempt to avoid the ball or even lean into the ball and still be awarded first base?

      • paperlions - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        But every time there is a HBP, the batter gets first base. They don’t make special allowances for particular situations or selectively apply the rule, it is always the same…they don’t choose to ignore the HBP rule when the bases are loaded or the game is tied or under any other circumstance, they do chose to ignore obstruction and interference rules under only one circumstance (despite the rule book making specific mention of the catcher not being allowed to obstruct the runner if he doesn’t have the ball).

  3. sfchamps2010 - Jun 4, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    If your gonna write a about it get it right Silva. The Giants called up IF CONOR Gillespie not outfielder Cole Gillespie

    • dkmuldoon - Jun 4, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      And if YOU’RE gonna criticize him for it, you could at least spell Conor Gillaspie’s name right….

  4. babyjesus69 - Jun 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    When it rains it pours

  5. mvottop19 - Jun 4, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Haha too bad for the sfgiants!!! Go reds!!!!!

  6. hcf95688 - Jun 5, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    I can’t wait for Nutjob Sabean’s radio show.

  7. hendeeze - Jun 5, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    thats to bad belt got hurt, but the giants organization deserves every bit of bad luck they will receive from now on from all the ill will their organization has displayed in the last week and a half

  8. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 5, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    I wonder what Sabean has to say about Trever Miller?

    • addictedzone - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:53 AM

      Something on the line of, ““If I never hear from Trever Miller again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”?

      • paperlions - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        As a Cardinal fan, I wouldn’t mind never hearing from Trever Miller again myself.

  9. skerney - Jun 5, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    RIng envy.

  10. sonoco - Jun 5, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    yawn . . . sooooo many predictable comments. Way to reach for that low hanging fruit Giant haters.

  11. thefuzziestkitty - Jun 5, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    The secret is that Sabes struck an unholy pact to guarantee the health of the homegrown pitching staff. Aside from Wilson’s brief stint on the DL early on, the young pitchers have been healthy, but at what price?

    I saw a picture of Belt celebrating an earlier game with Posey and the Panda (totally a name for a kids’ book) and I wept as if I were watching American History X.

  12. jonirocit - Jun 5, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Gotta love all the haters . The whole situation with posey was handled right by everyone but Logan Morrison and Brian sabean so I don’t get why everyone is running their mouths … Ohh wait yeah that’s right losers Giants are the world champs and your teams are not . Looks like you all have a little dodger fan in you . I’m surprised you clowns haven’t blamed bonds for all this .

  13. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    With all the bad luck the Giants have suffered they are still only a 1/2 game out of 1st.

    There’s a lot of teams out there that WISH they were that unlucky.

    They probably wish they had big fancy Tiffany’s rings also…

  14. thomas2727 - Jun 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Exactly, the Giants have played the fewest home games in the National League which 9 less than the D-Backs and they have been riddled with injuries.

    Yet they are still tied with the surprising D-Backs in the loss column.

    If the starting pitching stays healthy they should be in the N.L West race all year.

    Sabean will trade for a starting catcher to get them through the season once the time and price are right.

    Still love the Nats thinking the Giants will pay a top flight prospect for a 39 year old Pudge. Sebean is making the right move on the catching setting tight.

  15. garlicfriesandbaseball - Jun 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Even with Belt out, the Giants are not the only ones having DL problems. There are 20 teams in MLB who’ve had more players on the DL than the Giants. Just one of those seasons. BTW, we’re giving away two tickets to a MLB Game of your Choice. Take a look & good luck!

  16. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    In a radio interview this morning, Brian Sabean claimed that Scott Cousins hit Buster Posey so hard that he also fractured Brandon Belt’s wrist via the quantum phenomenon of spooky action at a distance.

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