SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants placed Brandon Belt on the seven-day disabled list Saturday but expect their veteran first baseman to return this season when he completes major league baseball’s concussion protocols.
“We’ll see where he’s at after seven days,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s his goal. He said last night he planned on being out for seven days and coming right back.”
Belt, who already has equaled his career high with a team-leading 18 home runs this season, was hit in the helmet by a 79 mph curveball from Arizona rookie Anthony Banda on Friday night.
This is Belt’s fourth concussion, his third in the past four seasons with the Giants. Those two caused him to miss a combined 61 games.
As a result of that primarily, not the Giants’ woeful record, Bochy said there will be no effort to rush Belt back before he’s ready.
“Our concern is for him to be healthy, to be right, and we wouldn’t rush that,” Bochy said.
Belt left Friday night’s game after being plunked in the bottom of the sixth inning and remained at the ballpark to begin undergoing tests. He had more of them Saturday, Bochy said.
“He did say he feels better in the early go than he has before,” Bochy said. “These things are hard to figure out. The one last time he thought he was over it and then it came back.”
The Giants put rookie Ryder Jones at first base on Saturday night, but Bochy said other options include Buster Posey and even Pablo Sandoval, who was brought up from Triple-A Sacramento.
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