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SAN FRANCISCO – When the Giants travel to Chicago after Sunday’s homestand finale, Brandon Belt won’t accompany them.
He’s going on a road trip of his own.
The Giants are sending Belt to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center so he can receive an opinion from Dr. Micky Collins, who is considered one of the preeminent experts in sports concussions.
As you might recall, Dr. Collins evaluated former Giant Mike Matheny shortly after a series of foul tips ended his major league career in 2006.
Belt does not have a history of repeated brain injuries. But he hasn’t been able to turn a corner following the thrown ball that accidentally hit him in the face during batting practice July 19 in Miami.
Belt is in his second stint on the 7-day disabled list for players with concussion symptoms. He returned briefly but only played five games before symptoms returned.
Belt is eligible to activated Friday but has not improved in the week since going on the DL again.
“He’s about the same,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We think it’s important we get another opinion and see where we’re at.”
Bochy said Belt feels foggy even when he is resting. He underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday, in part to determine if he had an intracranial hemorrhage.
Catcher Hector Sanchez, also on the concussion DL, departed Thursday’s game for Triple-A Fresno because of back spasms but they were considered mild and Bochy said the hope was that Sanchez could return to catch Friday for the Grizzlies.