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SAN FRANCISCO – Brandon Belt is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Friday. It’s increasingly unlikely that he will be ready to play before then.
And given what happened to Belt the last time he came back, it’s a fool’s errand to predict when he might return to the team.
“He’s just out of sorts,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Belt, who is still feeling the effects of a concussion he sustained July 19 at Miami. “I think there are some headaches involved. The hope is the next day or two he turns the corner here and we start seeing some progress.”
Belt and the Giants already felt he did that once, but he played just five games before he started feeling ill again and went back on the 7-day DL for players with concussion symptoms. Would the Giants take a few extra days this time, to be safe?
“We’ll rely on our medical people,” Bochy said. “If he needs extra time before he goes out on the field, that’s all you can do. It’s the second time, so there is some concern.”
Bochy wasn’t sure if Hector Sanchez, who is catching Wednesday for Fresno, would be ready to come off the concussion DL in time to catch Tim Lincecum’s next start on Sunday.
As for Marco Scutaro, Bochy was asked for an update and said, “Gosh, I haven’t talked to Scutaro in awhile.” He wasn’t sure if the second baseman was in Arizona or home in Miami, either. Kind of tells you all you need to know, right?