The San Francisco Giants suffered another blow to their lineup on Sunday. First baseman Brandon Belt is headed to the disabled list once again, this time with a concussion.
Having already been without Belt, who broke out offensively in 2013, for eight weeks due to a broken thumb, he is headed back to the disabled list after playing in just 11 games in his return. He sustained the concussion when a throw hit him in the face during batting practice this weekend.
Andrew Baggarly reports that the Giants are unsure if they will place Belt on the seven-day or the 15-day disabled list:
Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t sure whether Belt would go on the 7-day DL for players with concussion symptoms, which requires additional paperwork, or the standard 15-day DL.
Either way, he won’t be active when the Giants begin their four-game series at Philadelphia on Monday. He’ll miss next weekend’s big three-game weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park, too.
As far as the reaction around the Giants’ locker room is concerned, this news seemed to hit big Michael Morse especially hard.
“No way, oh no,” said Michael Morse, when told that Belt was going to be out again. “What a streak of bad luck. We need him healthy and we need him back. It sucks to hear this.”
Such as these things go when a concussion has just been diagnosed, the Giants won’t know what to expect with Belt’s status definitively for a while. In some cases these concussions pass quickly, which is partially why MLB put the seven-day concussion DL in place. In other cases, however, guys have lost entire seasons to lingering concussion symptoms.
Hopefully Belt is able to pass the protocols swiftly once he is eligible and return to action for the Giants.