Brandon Belt's post-concussion symptoms not improving

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Giants aren't sure when Brandon Belt will be back on the field. (USATSI)
The Giants aren't sure when Brandon Belt will be back on the field. (USATSI)

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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who on Monday landed on the 7-day concussion DL after being struck in the face by a thrown ball during batting practice, isn't progressing as hoped. Here's Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Wednesday was not a good day for Brandon Belt. Shortly after he arrived at Citizens Bank Park, he returned to the hotel feeling terrible, his concussion symptoms not improving.

Belt clearly will not be returning when eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list Sunday. Instead, he might undergo more elaborate testing in San Francisco.

Concussions are scary, potentially lingering injuries, so this is troubling, and, as Schulman reports, Belt is by no means over his yet. It's hard to pin down a time-table with this kind of injury, and that seems to be especially the case with Belt.

He's being missed. This season, Belt is batting .242/.304/.455 (116 OPS+) in 46 games, and he's coming off a 2013 season in which he put up an OPS+ of 140 and tallied 39 doubles. Earlier this year, he missed 50 games after suffering a fractured left thumb.

While Belt is out, Michael Morse will likely continue filling in for him at first base.

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