SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt won’t be joining Johnny Cueto, Michael Morse, Jarrett Parker, Austin Slater and Will Smith on disabled list. In fact, he could be available to pinch hit against the Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park Monday night.
The Giants received encouraging news Monday when Belt reported significant “improvement” in the health of his left wrist, which he injured while checking a swing against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. Instead of becoming the team’s 20th use of the disabled list this season, the first baseman is expecting to rejoin the lineup at some point during the Giants three-game series with the Indians.
“It made a lot of improvement today,” Belt said. “If it makes as much of an improvement tomorrow as it did today, I’ll play, I’m guessing.”
Belt was planning to take ground balls in the infield Monday. The first baseman said he can throw the ball without pain.
Manager Bruce Bochy reinforced the likelihood that Belt will return to the lineup sooner than later.
“He just needs another day. I think he’ll be okay to go tomorrow. He’s still a little stiff,” Bochy said. “My hope is that toward the backend of the game, if we need him, he’s available to pinch hit.”
As Belt’s wrist heals on the bench, Jae-Gyun Hwang will be making his Major League debut at first, where he suited up for 31 games earlier this season with Triple-A Sacramento.
“He played a little bit there in spring training. In Sacramento, he also played there, so he’s ready to go,” Bochy said.
Hwang, who made his Major League debut on June 28, has played all 10 of his big league games at third base. Although he’s only hitting .182, Bochy has…
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