Aug 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants first basemanBrandon Belt
(9) is greeted by third base coachTim Flannery
(1) after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Is your head spinning trying to keep track of who’s injured and when they will be coming back? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a quick update on the injuries and who has a realistic chance to make it back before the season ends for the San Francisco Giants.
Brandon Belt – Due to resume baseball activities around September 8th
Our light at the end of the tunnel that is September, Brandon Baby Giraffe Belt, we need you! Saying it’s been a rough year for Brandon Belt is a huge understatement. This was due to be his breakout year and it all started off very promising. Then he was hit by a pitch in May against the Dodgers that sent him on a 6 week stint on the DL. He came back just before the All Star break and was looking to return to form, when he was hit in the head with a ball during batting practice by none other than Marco Scutaro and landed back on the DL with a concussion. He recovered and made it back off the DL only to suffer a setback and return to the concussion DL with recurring symptoms. Baseball is cruel to some people I tell you!
“Brandon Belt (concussion symptoms) is still about two weeks away from baseball activity but has begun exercising.” – Hank Schulman
On August 25th, Hank Schulman said Belt was about 2 weeks away from resuming baseball activity. If there’s any way we could get him back for that Dodgers series starting September 12th that would be awesome. We definitely need him to help us make the push to the playoffs and ultimately defeat the Dodgers for the NL West Title.
Hector Sanchez – Most likely done for the season
Sanchez went down with a concussion on July 25th (and took good pitching Timmy with him) and suffered a second concussion in a rehab game in Fresno. I honestly feel so bad for Hector Sanchez. He seems so likable and he loves the game and now his career is in danger of being over. I think a position change is inevitable for him. He’s just too vulnerable behind the plate and clearly his health needs to be taken very seriously.
Andrew Susac has been a nice addition to the team and is filling the roll of back up catcher nicely. I’m excited to see more of him and hopefully he can keep the power up and hit some key homers. Realistically, Hector Sanchez needs to seriously consider a position change for his own well being, which might make him a nice trade piece for the Giants this off-season.
Ehire Adrianza – Most likely done for the season
Who? Oh yeah, that guy who used to be one of our billion second basemen. He was actually starting to grow on me when he got hurt. Probably only because Dan Uggla was waiting right behind him to get his shot at redemption.
With Joe Panik stepping up his game and working his was way up to the 2 hitter, I think we will survive the loss. I do wish him a speedy recovery though.
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Marco Scutaro – Done for the season, possibly for good
After being hurt with a back injury all through Spring Training, our 2012 hero and NLCS MVP has definitely seen the end of the 2014 season and quite possibly his baseball career. I was not optimistic after May that he would make it back and his brief return off the DL earlier this season definitely shocked me. Once he was placed back on the DL, I was pretty sure he was done for the year. He just wasn’t able to contribute enough to justify a spot on the roster.
This probably doesn’t surprise anyone that he’s not even trying to rehab right now. Was he worth resigning after 2012? I’d probably still say yes, even if only for the fact that him and Pagan were in communication in the 2012 off-season about wanting to both resign with the San Francisco Giants and without Scutaro, Pagan might have gone elsewhere. It’s pretty clear we have no one to replace Pagan right now. Just think if we had signed B.J. Upton instead…