Giants notes: No roster move yet for Brandon Belt

Giants notes: No roster move yet for Brandon Belt
July 20, 2014, 9:15 am
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I felt fine until I came in after the third inning. Once I came in, I knew something wasn’t right. It was over then. I haven’t felt good since.
Brandon Belt

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MIAMI – Giants manager Bruce Bochy looked at the lineup sheet with George Kontos’ name on it, did a double-take and frowned. A few seconds later, Ron Wotus popped out of the coaches’ room and ripped it down.

In other words, no, the Giants did not make a roster move prior to Sunday’s series finale at Marlins Park. 

But don’t be surprised if Kontos joins the Giants on Monday in Philadelphia. That’s because first baseman Brandon Belt didn’t make a whole lot of improvement one day after he was hit in the face by a thrown ball in batting practice.

Belt, who started Saturday’s game but exited in the third inning, still could be placed on the 7-day disabled list reserved for players with concussion symptoms.

[RELATED: Batting practice accident could send Belt to concussion DL]

Belt said he hasn’t received results of concussion tests, which were administered Sunday morning. He was still feeling nauseous, though.

“I felt fine until I came in after the third inning,” Belt said. “Once I came in, I knew something wasn’t right. It was over then. I haven’t felt good since.”

Belt was checked by Dr. Ken Akizuki and allowed to sleep Saturday night. Bochy hadn’t planned to start Belt anyway on Sunday, instead moving Buster Posey to first base and pairing catcher Hector Sanchez with Tim Lincecum.

Belt said he was looking at shortstop when a ball from second base hit him in the face. He wasn’t sure if Marco Scutaro or Joe Panik threw it.

In the meantime, the Giants will play shorthanded again. Bochy also has Joaquin Arias at shortstop instead of Brandon Crawford, who might have worn down a bit in the first half.

Bochy is caught in between with Arias, who is hitting .186 with one extra-base hit this season. Bochy believes Arias hasn’t gotten on track because his role has decreased and he isn’t getting enough at-bats. He’ll try to pick more spots for Arias, especially against left-handed pitchers. But Crawford has been blistering lefties all season. So Arias could pick up some starts at second base against lefties as well.

“It won’t always be Crawford” who sits for Arias, Bochy said. “It’s not a message to Brandon, because he’s hitting lefties. His numbers show it.”

 

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