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Brandon Belt will have pins inserted into broken thumb

May 11, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was placed on the disabled list on Saturday morning with a broken left thumb that he suffered Friday night when he was struck by a Paul Maholm pitch. After a visit with hand specialist Dr. Tim McAdams, the situation is looking even grimmer. From beat reporter Andrew Baggarly of

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will undergo surgery on Tuesday to insert two pins in his fractured left thumb, but the club still believes he can be ready to return in six weeks.

Dr. Tim McAdams will perform the procedure to stabilize multiple fractures in his proximal phalanx.

The pins won’t be removed for four weeks, which makes that six-week full-recovery timetable seem overly optimistic. Belt is going to have to ease back into hitting drills once the pins are out and will then have to go on a minor league rehab assignment to get his timing right. Baggarly writes Sunday that it’s¬†“hard to envision him playing many games before the All-Star break, if at all.”

Belt, 26, had an .820 OPS (135 OPS+) with nine home runs and 18 RBI in 35 games this season.

Mike Morse is going to serve as the Giants’ primary first baseman¬†through at least mid-June.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    This story is better if you’re a childish idiot who read “pins” as “penis” like I did.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      LOL, and I thought I was an idiot for thinking how painful it would feel to have pins jabbed into one’s broken thumb. But I’m not sure if even your psychiatrist would want to know the thought process that led to your initial misreading. :-)

  2. stephenacosta91 - May 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Coming from a Dodgers fan, Belt’s injury had no affect on the Giants winning this 4 game series against the Dodgers in LA. Check out the link below for more on the Dodgers.

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