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CHICAGO – Even after receiving a less than encouraging diagnosis from a concussion specialist, Giants manager Bruce Bochy remained hopeful that Brandon Belt would be able to play in September.
The front office already is considering ways they could help to get their first baseman ready, considering the minor league seasons will be over by the time he’s gotten the prescribed three weeks of rest.
“My first thought is we’ll have to have a plan for Brandon, whether it’s in Arizona or some other kind of way to give him some live action, some batting practice, something to get him ready,” Bochy said.
Belt has had recurring concussion symptoms after getting hit in the face by a thrown ball during batting practice July 19 at Miami.
Bochy said he thought it would be in Belt’s best interests, as long as there’s no health risk, to get some at-bats before the season ended. That way he can start next season with the confidence this issue is behind him.
Bochy had the same hopes for catcher Hector Sanchez to play again in September, but they’ll have to wait and see how quickly he improves with rest.
As for infielder Ehire Adrianza, who is on the DL with an aggravated hamstring strain, Bochy said the injury has been slow to heal and there’s no chance Adrianza will be able to play before the minor league seasons wrap up.
Adrianza wouldn’t be ready “until the back end of September,” Bochy said.