Giants notes: Bochy, Belt chat, Pablo's quick recovery

Giants notes: Bochy, Belt chat, Pablo's quick recovery
April 21, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Brandon Belt is batting .183 this season with no home runs and 5 RBI. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Any questions about Pablo Sandoval's right foot, injured Saturday night when he fouled a pitch off it and came out of the game, were answered when the Giants posted their lineup for Sunday's series finale against San Diego.

Batting third, and playing third base, Sandoval.

"He's fine," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said in his pregame meeting with media members. "It's a little sore, but he's good to go. That's why he's out there."

Bochy was sure Sandoval had the foot treated in the morning but said no further tests or X-rays were taken.

"They hurt," Bochy said of the injury. "They sting for about 30 seconds, maybe a minute…(those foul tips) can break a bone."

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With Sandoval at third and Buster Posey catching, Joaquin Arias got his second start of the season at first base, his third start overall.

"He's one of those players who's O.K. sitting two games and maintaining his timing," at the plate, Bochy said.

Arias, who also has a start at third base, has played in 12 of the Giants' 18 games, batting .250 (three-for-12). he leads the National League with seven appearances as a defensive replacement.

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And with Arias starting at first Sunday in the series finale against San Diego, struggling Brandon Belt was given the day off…after a morning chat with Bochy.

"Brandon and I talked about a couple of things, between Brandon and I," Bochy said. "It's natural for these guys to press a little bit."

Belt is just five for his last 24 and is hitting .183 with no home runs and five RBI thus far this season.

"I would certainly hope there's nobody pressing this early in the season," Bochy said.

So much of a hitter's struggles are mental.

"Hitters would be so much better if they didn't have a number, a stat up there," the manager said, pointing to the scoreboard at AT&T Park. "It's human nature to look up there.

"If you have tension in your swing, that does not work."

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Bochy said he did not "plan" to give shortstop Brandon Crawford a day off anytime soon.

"Once we get into this a little bit deeper," Bochy said, "I'll give him a break."

Crawford is the only Giants infielder to play every game.

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