Giants' Brandon Belt has fractured left thumb; timetable unknown

Belt suffers fracture in left thumb; schedule unidentified initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — The off day prior to the last homestand of the season brought dreadful news for Brandon Belt and the first-place Giants. 

An X-ray taken Monday exposed that Belt has a fracture in his left thumb. The Giants stated Belt will consult with physicians over the next number of days to establish a healing strategy and a schedule for his return, however the preliminary medical diagnosis most likely guidelines him out for a minimum of the remainder of the routine season and the start of the playoffs. The Wild Card Game is Oct. 6 and the NLDS begins 2 days later on.

Belt was injured in the seventh inning on Sunday when he squared to bunt versus lefty Lucas Gilbreath. He took a 93 miles per hour pitch off the thumb and came out of the video game a couple of minutes later on. Belt revealed optimism to colleagues after the video game, however a preliminary scan taken in Denver was undetermined. The X-ray on Monday brought the problem.

The blow is a huge one to the Giants, who have a two-game lead in the NL West with 6 to go. Belt has actually been their finest gamer over the last 2 months, striking 18 homers and publishing a 1.085 OPS considering that returning from a knee injury on August 5. He is among the couple of who remains in the heart of Gabe Kapler’s lineup no matter who is on the mound for the opposing group.

While the calendar is not in Belt’s favor, he has actually returned from obstacles in the past. He suffered a bad concussion in 2014 however returned in September and struck an unforgettable 18th-inning homer in the NLDS to assist the Giants win a title. Earlier this season, Belt suffered a knee injury that was at very first believed to be season-ending, however he prevented surgical treatment, rehabbed, and returned playing the very best baseball of his profession. Belt likewise had a fractured thumb in 2014 and missed out on 7 weeks that time.

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The Giants endured that very first lack this year by really effectively plugging LaMonte Wade Jr. and Darin Ruf in as a very first base squad. While Ruf is on the IL, Wade and Wilmer Flores can try to form a comparable collaboration. 

The injury is likewise a blow on an individual level to Belt, a complimentary representative at the end of the season. “The Captain” was one homer far from reaching 30 for the very first time. He would have ended up being the very first Giants initially baseman to reach that mark considering that Will Clark.

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