Brandon Belt has concussion, headed back to DL

Brandon Belt has concussion, headed back to DL
July 20, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Brandon Belt has registered 10 HR and 23 RBI in 2014. (USATSI)

MIAMI -- Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was diagnosed with a concussion and he’s headed to the disabled list.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t sure whether Belt would go on the 7-day DL for players with concussion symptoms, which requires additional paperwork, or the standard 15-day DL.

Either way, he won’t be active when the Giants begin their four-game series at Philadelphia on Monday. He'll miss next weekend’s big three-game weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park, too.

The tentative plan is for Adam Duvall to meet the club at Citizens Bank Park.

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“No way, oh no,” said Michael Morse, when told that Belt was going to be out again. “What a streak of bad luck. We need him healthy and we need him back. It sucks to hear this.”

Belt already missed eight weeks after a pitch fractured his left thumb May 9. He ended up playing just 11 games before hitting the DL again.

He sustained a concussion when hit in the face by a thrown ball during batting practice on Saturday. Belt was looking at shortstop to receive one throw when another came from either Marco Scutaro or Joe Panik at second base.

Belt started the game, hit a double in the second inning and scored on a passed ball followed by an errant throw to third base. Bochy suspected that sprint around the bases triggered Belt’s symptoms. He was nauseous in the third inning, came out of the game and was only marginally better Sunday morning.

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Tests Sunday confirmed the concussion. Belt was cleared to fly with the team to Philadelphia, Bochy said.

The Giants haven’t used the 7-day DL, which has been in effect for four years, since 2011 with catcher Eli Whiteside. Players must be approved by the league and paperwork must be filed both when someone is placed on the DL and when they are cleared to return.

“He’s such a threat in our lineup, especially being another lefty bat to balance it out,” Morse said. “That’s a big loss.”

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