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Monday, September 8, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Brandon Belt, Michael Morse

By on 9/08/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Giants are off Monday, but are looking for good news on two players that will help them as they attempt to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. First baseman Brandon Belt (out with a concussion since August 6) could resume baseball activities as soon as Monday afternoon, and OF/1B Michael Morse hopes to return from an injection for his strained oblique, according to Matt Slovin of

Morse, 32, is hitting .280/.338/.477 (OPS+ 132) with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 130 games, playing left field and first base. Belt, 26, is hitting .237/.296/.446 (OPS+ 111) with 11 homers and 24 RBI in only 50 games. Prior to the concussion, Belt lost 50 games with a fractured left thumb.
Michael Morse

Now in his 10th season, Morse is a career .281/.335/.474 hitter capable of slugging a long fly almost at will when he is healthy. Unfortunately, this is only his second season of over 120 games as "The Beast" has been sidelined with a series of injuries. In 2013 bone spurs in his wrist (which required postseason surgery) led to a down year (.215/.270/.381) as he split time between Seattle and Baltimore.

He was a part-time role player with the Mariners for the first four years of his career, but the Washington Nationals gave him a chance and he blossomed, averaging .296/.345/.516 over three seasons (2010-12). In 2012, he was a big part of the Washington Nationals' 98-win season, becoming a fan favorite.

Morse was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2000 (3rd round) and traded while still a minor leaguer (with Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed) to the Mariners for Ben Davis and Freddy Garcia. He made his major league debut on May 31, 2005. In what turned out to be a very one-sided deal, the Mariners sent him to the Nationals in June 2009 for Ryan Langerhans. He ended up back with the Mariners as part of a three-team trade (Nationals, Mariners, Athletics) in January 2013. As noted, his 2013 season was injury-ridden and unproductive, so the Mariners traded him to Baltimore for Xavier Avery on August 31, 2013. As a free agent, Morse signed a one-year $6 million contract with the Giants.

Brandon Belt

Belt was drafted by the Giants in 2009 (5th round) and made his major league debut March 31, 2011. He fractured his wrist in June, leading to DL time and loss of production, but in 2012-13 he showed what he was capable of, hitting .283/.360/.454/ Although he did not shine in postseason play he took home a World Series ring in 2012. He is in his 1st year of arbitration (Super 2, $2.9 million) and under team control through 2017.

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