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Brandon Belt suffers broken thumb after being hit by a pitch

May 9, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was hit in the hand with a pitch from Dodgers starter Paul Maholm leading off the top of the second inning on Friday night. Belt stayed in to run the bases, but did not take his position in the bottom half of the inning. Instead, Joaquin Arias took his spot at first base while Belt was attended to in the clubhouse.

Bad news for the Giants: CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that Belt has a broken thumb and will “undoubtedly” go on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Baggarly adds that an easy short-term roster solution would involve Belt going on the DL and Matt Cain coming off of it, but the Giants will want to address their first base situation regardless, which could mean Travis Ishikawa could come up from Triple-A Fresno.

Belt entered the game as one of the Giants’ most productive hitters, slashing .264/.312/.504 with nine home runs and 18 RBI.

  1. hcf95688 - May 9, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    If it had been Posey there would be a new rule, banning inside pitches.

    • lazlosother - May 10, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      I always wonder if people like you have to work at being stupid, or if it is just a gift.

      • aresachaela - May 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        Clearly stupid!! We all know getting hit by pitched is all part of the game.

      • tablescrappy - May 10, 2014 at 3:14 AM

        Please, hcf is right and you all know it. Only the whining sound from SF is loud enough to get rules needlessly changed to protect (giants) players. Theirs is an obnoxious, entitled, insufferable group of newbies.

    • thisdamnbox - May 10, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      Call it the Posey rule if you must, but the rule wasn’t changed until the rash of catcher concussions by-way-of-plate-collisions in 2013…A-holes….Gotta make up reasons to hate the most vanilla player in the game…

      • tablescrappy - May 10, 2014 at 3:33 AM

        No, we just hate giants fans. I’ve got no problem with Posey and actually dig Brandon Belt. And you know, you *absolutely* know, that the campaigning for a rule change started with Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy and all their mindless followers wringing their hands over Posey’s injury.

  2. azantor - May 10, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Followed by a rule banning trollish comments

  3. thetxhammer - May 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    It’s a gift. Him and “logical voice” are probably best friends, he’ll chime in soon.

    • thenoblebard93 - May 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      along with “pftpoet” Don’t forget him… :)

  4. giantsninerswarriors - May 10, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Call up Ishikawa. He’s a left-handed bat with experience at the major league level. Certainly there will be a drop at the 1B position if he is an every day starter; however, Ishi has shown an almost uncanny ability to produce as a pinch hitter.

  5. sisqsage - May 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Belt’s made a lot of progress the last few years, and is very good with the glove. But the strikeouts were piling up at an alarming rate this season, with just a mediocre BA and not a lot of RBIs despite a healthy HR clip. Belt fanned like four times in a row vs. the Indians at AT&T. Painful to watch. This actually opens up an opportunity for Hector Sanchez to get more ABs, a nice switch hitter who looked good at first base in the spring. It will be either him or a lot of Buster at IB with both sharing duties at catcher too. So the offense might actually be more consistent with a lot less whiffs.

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