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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Brandon Belt, Michael Morse

By on 9/10/2014 08:00:00 AM

According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area, Brandon Belt took 25 ground balls on the field and took 50 swings in the cage on Tuesday before the Giants game. He says that Belt might be cleared to do much more by the end of the week. Belt was struck in the head in batting practice while taking ground balls in Miami on June 20 and was placed on the DL. He was later sidelined in August with another concussion after suffering from more symptoms in Milwaukee.

Belt told trainers he has been symptom free, but will still travel to Pittsburgh to be reevaluated by Dr. Micky Collins, an expert on sports-related concussions. Before Belt is cleared for activities, the Giants will be extra careful this time around, so he doesn’t get hurt again.

This season, Belt got off to a hot start, but cooled off rather quickly. He had a slash of .237/.296/.446 with 11 home runs, 24 RBI, 14 walks, 55 strikeouts, and a .742 OPS in 51 games. He had a 0.8 WAR.

Michael Morse still can’t take cuts, according to Baggarly, after experiencing soreness from where he received a cortisone injection last Thursday. He has a strained oblique and will likely be out for the rest of the three-game series against Arizona after not playing in a game one Giants win Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy labeled Morse as a “maybe” for the division matchup with the Dodgers this weekend.

This season, Morse has been a pleasant surprise at the plate hitting for a slash of .280/.338/.477 with 16 home runs, 61 RBI, 31 walks, 119 strikeouts, and an .815 OPS in 130 games. He has a 1.2 WAR, because of his lackluster defense in left field.

After taking game one from the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, the Giants sit 2.5 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and hold the number one wild card spot by 4 games. They have over a 96% chance of making the postseason, according to FanGraphs.

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