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Injury update: Brandon Belt to be reinstated from the designated list, Michael Morse taking batting practice

By Timmy Kennedy

Having been on the cusp of activation this past week, San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will be reinstated from the disabled list, as of Monday evening. Belt took extra batting practice against bullpen coach Mark Gardner, and was deemed by the Giants to be fit enough to play again. The news will come as a massive relief for the Giants who have struggled of late, losing three straight.

While it is unlikely that Belt will be in the lineup right away, he will likely be used as a left handed pinch hitter off the bench for the Giants. Bochy also claimed he will be put into situations where he can take multiple at bats and play some innings at first. Belt was off to an incredible start to the season before sustaining several injuries.

After his hot start, Belt broke his thumb on an inside pitch earlier in the season. Then, having returned to the lineup sustained a concussion, which, with hindsight Brandon accepted he attempted to rush back from. Consequentially, he returned to the DL, and has been there since the start of August — with the minor league season over and with it the opportunity to rehab, Belt has not seen live pitching since.

Belt spoke to SF Gate, about his return:

"“I can be honest with myself when I’m not ready,” Belt said. “But I feel really dang close right now. I want to go out there and play, and get back out there as soon as I can.”"

In other injury news, Michael Morse took live batting practice today.

"Bochy said he was tentative at first, but swung better as the session progressed. No firm date yet for his return."