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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Brandon Belt, Santiago Casilla

By on 6/08/2014 11:15:00 AM

The San Francisco Giants rallied with two runs in the ninth inning for a walk-off win against the New York Mets on Saturday. The 5-4 win improved the National League West leading Giants to 41-21 on the season. The Giants are ninth in the league in runs scored and fourth in ERA and could get even stronger soon, as there is good new on the injury front regarding Brandon Belt and Santiago Casilla.

Our own Jacob Fagan reported that Belt suffered a broken thumb on May 9 and the initial timetable was six weeks. An update on Belt, as reported by Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News,  is that he's ramped up some of his conditioning work and manager Bruce Bochy said he could resume baseball activities within the next week.

Belt is in his fourth Major League season, all with the Giants. He's batting .264 with nine home runs and 18 RBI in 35 games this season.  Last season, Belt batted .289 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI. He's a career .272 hitter with 42 home runs and 159 RBI.

As for Casilla, he has made progress and threw a 30-pitch bullpen session. He could begin a rehabilitation assignment as early as Wednesday. He's been on the disabled list since May 22 with a hamstring strain. He'll throw a bullpen session on Monday and will be re-evaluated to determine if he'll be ready for a rehab assignment.

Casilla, in his 11th Major League season, has pitched for the A's and the Giants. In 22 games this season, he's 1-1 with a miniscule 1.37 ERA. He's allowed only four earned runs and 18 hits in 26 1/3 innings.  In 405 career games, Casilla has a record of 30-17 with a 3.29 ERA.

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