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Giants expect Brandon Belt back around the Fourth of July

Jun 24, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is targeting July 4 to return from thumb surgery that has sidelined him since mid-May, according to Nate Stuhlbarg of CSNBayArea.com.

Stuhlbarg reports that Belt has no issues gripping a bat to hit, but gripping a baseball to make throws from first base is still giving him problems. Despite that he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment later this week.

He was initially expected to miss around six weeks, but a July 4 return would mean missing a total of eight weeks. Belt hit .264 with nine homers and an .820 OPS in 35 games before the injury, showing more power than usual while providing what has become his standard overall production.

In his absence Michael Morse shifted from the outfield to first base and has hit .330 with five homers and a .931 OPS in 29 starts there. Morse will move back to left field when Belt returns, likely pushing Tyler Colvin and Gregor Blanco to the bench while giving San Francisco’s lineup a nice boost.

  1. apeville - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    So if he’s going to be back on July 4th, that means he’ll be back around July 18th

  2. joecool16280 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Please trade him for a solid OF. He’s not consistent and poor when in high pressure situations.

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