AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing two games with a sprained wrist. He’ll bat third against Cleveland Indians starter Mike Clevinger.
Belt suffered the wrist injury during a check swing last weekend against the San Diego Padres. While he was available to pinch hit in San Francisco’s 5-3 loss to the Indians on Monday, manager Bruce Bochy elected to leave him on the bench.
Belt is hitting .244 this season with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs. He has found particular success against right-handed pitchers, a theme in his seven seasons with the Giants. His OPS against righties this year is .887 compared to .694 against southpaws, so the matchup with Clevinger, a right-hander, bodes well.
“He feels good and ready to go, so it’s good to have him back in the lineup,” Bochy said.
Third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang started at first base Monday in place of Belt. Hwang made the throwing error that gifted the Indians the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, as he failed to handle a bunt from Brandon Guyer.
But Bochy said he would continue to use Hwang as a backup option at first base over players such as Eduardo Nunez. Hwang played 31 games at first this year at Triple-A Sacramento.
“Hwang will get some time this year over there,” Bochy said. “No one I put over there except for Buster [Posey] will be completely comfortable.”Brandon Beltinjuryjae-gyun hwanglineupMLBSan Francisco Giantsstartwrist