The San Francisco Giants knew when Brandon Belt went down on Friday night, the end result wasn’t going to be good – it was just a matter of how bad things could become.
And while Belt isn’t going to be out for the season, he’s certainly going to miss some time, likely a month and a half after tests confirmed that Belt does indeed have a broken thumb.
Hit by a wayward pitch early in the game, Belt could be seen in excruciating pain as his thumb seemingly became crunched as the ball pinned his finger against the bat. Tests performed after the game and on Saturday morning showed off the damage as the Giants will now scramble to figure out what to do in the wake of Belt’s absence.
It’s likely San Francisco will use a bit of a committee at first base with Michael Morse filling along with Travis Ishikawaka, while Buster Posey will see more time at first with Hector Sanchez seeing more playing time at catcher.
Belt has nine home runs through the Giants first 35 games.