Belt, who has three previous concussions, feeling symptoms after getting hit

Belt, who has three previous concussions, feeling symptoms after getting hit

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have taken plenty of losses on the field this season. The hit they took late Friday night could be much more serious. 

Brandon Belt was hit in the side of the head by a pitch in the sixth inning and removed immediately. Belt was feeling concussion-like symptoms after the incident and he will be reevaluated on Saturday morning. If Belt does have a concussion, it would be his fourth in the last eight years. 

“He’s been through this before, so it’s obvious there are some concerns there,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

Belt missed the final 15 games of the 2015 season after diving into an infielder’s knee while getting back to second base, and 46 games in 2014 after getting hit by a Marco Scutaro throw during batting practice. He also suffered a serious concussion while playing at the University of Texas. In the past, Belt has seen specialists to try and recover. 

The Giants were waiting a day before making any definitive statement, but it seems a lock that Belt will be put on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Bochy and general manager Bobby Evans met after the game to discuss the situation. Ryder Jones, who moved over after Belt was removed, is the next man up at first base. 

Belt was sent home before the clubhouse was opened to reporters. 

“I’m sure this is probably scaring him a little bit because he’s been through this,” Bochy said. “It’s not a lot of fun going through one and now he’s going through another. I’m sure he’s got some concerns, as we do. Our hope is this thing will be better tomorrow.”

While leading off the inning, Belt took a 79 mph curveball from rookie Anthony Banda to the side of the helmet. He went straight down, holding his head as trainer Dave Groeschner ran to the plate. After a couple of minutes, Belt stood up. He was removed immediately by Groeschner and Bochy. AT&T Park was silent, and Banda, who had command issues all night, crouched on the mound and bit into his glove. 

The Diamondbacks have hit two Giants in the head this season. Buster Posey landed on the concussion disabled list in April after taking a Taijuan Walker fastball off the helmet. In the top of the seventh, Madison Bumgarner hit Jake Lamb in the ribs with a fastball. There was little question about the intent. 

Belt, by just about any standard, has been the Giants’ second-best player this season. He leads the team with 18 homers, tying his career-high, and has a .823 OPS. Belt also is in serious contention for his first Gold Glove Award. He has started to heat up over the past week, with four multi-hit games, two homers and seven doubles over his past nine games. 

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park


Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2


Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P