Programming note: Diamondbacks-Giants coverage starts Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with Giants Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO – Brandon Belt took 25 ground balls on the field and 50 swings in the cage on Tuesday. By the end of the week, he hopes he’ll be cleared to do much more.
Belt will travel to Pittsburgh to be reevaluated by Dr. Micky Collins, one of the country’s foremost experts on sports-related concussions. Belt told trainers he has been symptom free, but he already had one relapse in early August that sent him back to the disabled list. So the Giants are taking even more precautions this time around.
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Belt told reporters that he hopes to return early enough in September to get his timing down and generate confidence he can be an asset on a playoff roster, should the Giants qualify for the postseason. With so many idled arms on the major league roster right now, Belt might be able to get at-bats in a simulated-game setting against pitchers like Chris Heston, Brett Bochy and Erik Cordier.
In the meantime, the Giants remain light on left-handed bats – they had an eight-man, all-right-handed bench one game last weekend in Detroit. And they remain light at first base, still without Michael Morse because of a strained left lower oblique.
Morse still can’t swing a bat and is sore from where he received a cortisone injection last Thursday. He’s likely out for this three-game series at Arizona and manager Bruce Bochy is listing him as just a “maybe” for the showdown series this weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With two lefties – Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw – pitching in that series, mot having Morse would mean throwing either rookie Adam Duvall or Andrew Susac in the lineup against them.