MLB: All is not lost! Brandon Belt could return to Giants in Playoffs

The regular season of first baseman Brandon Belt is over. On Tuesday, Belt was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken left thumb (retroactive to Monday) by the San Francisco Giants, who entered the day with a two-game lead in the National League West Division, which is still effective after today’s session.

If San Francisco wins the division, its first postseason game would be Oct. 8. The National League Wild Card Game is scheduled for October 6:

The worst-case scenario for the Giants is that Belt, who was hit with a 93 mph fastball while trying to touch the ball against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, will miss a significant chunk of the postseason, if not finished during the year.

In 2014, Belt broke the same thumb after being hit by a pitch, causing him to miss about eight weeks. Manager Gabe Kapler said a “wide range of dates” have been discussed regarding Belt’s recovery process, noting that it differs from player to player and case to case. Kapler said Belt will be reevaluated in a couple of weeks. At the moment there is no timetable for his return.

The loss of Belt, who ends the season with 29 home runs, the most of his career, cannot be overstated. When healthy, he has been one of the best first basemen in baseball. In recent weeks, he has arguably been the best.

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Returning from the disabled list on August 5, after missing two months with a right knee ailment, Belt played one of the best baseballs of his career. In his last 42 games, Belt is down .297 / .394 / .690 with 18 home runs. During that stretch, he posted a wRC + of 183, beaten only by Juan Soto of Washington (217), Bryce Harper of Philadelphia (202) and Paul Goldschmidt of St. Louis (194).


Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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