MIAMI – Brandon Belt’s tough luck season continued Saturday night, when he was struck in the face by a thrown ball during batting practice.
Belt started in the Giants’ 5-3 victory at Marlins Park but was removed in the bottom of the third inning because of dizziness and the club sent him for concussion tests following the game.
The way club officials were talking late Saturday night, there’s a strong chance that Belt could be headed to the 7-day disabled list for players with concussion symptoms.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he already had planned to rest Belt on Sunday against Marlins left-hander Brad Hand, instead starting Buster Posey at first base and pairing catcher Hector Sanchez with Tim Lincecum.
“We’re just hoping he passes these tests,” Bochy said. “He doesn’t need to miss more time than he already has.”
Belt already missed eight weeks with a fractured left thumb after he was hit by a pitch May 9.
Belt was receiving throws at first base during batting practice on Saturday when the incident occurred.
“There was a little miscommunication and two throws were coming at once,” Bochy said. “He didn’t see one of them and got hit square in the face. Once the game started, he got a little nauseous.”
Belt doubled in his only at-bat Saturday, then scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball followed by an errant throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.