AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will miss his second straight game with a sprained wrist.
Belt suffered the injury on Saturday in a loss to the San Diego Padres. However, he is available to pinch-hit against the Cleveland Indians on Monday night, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
“He just needs another day,” Bochy said. “I think he’ll be OK to go tomorrow. Still a little stiff.”
While Belt’s average has dipped to .244 this year, he leads the Giants in doubles (20) and home runs (16). In his place, Jae-Gyun Hwang will start at first against the Indians and bat sixth. Hwang is hitting .182 and has recorded just one extra base knock since homering in his major league debut.
Still, Bochy believes Hwang’s approach at the plate has been solid. And the manager trusts that he can handle to temporary move to first after playing the position at times with Triple-A Sacramento earlier this season.
“They’re pretty good at-bats,” Bochy said of Hwang’s recent slump. “He’s very well prepared when he goes up there. He studies all these guys.”
RYDER JONES REHAB:
Third baseman Ryder Jones (hand) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. Bochy said he’s practiced in left field and at first base to increase his versatility ahead of his return.Brandon BeltCleveland Indiansinjuryjae-gyun hwangMLBSan Franciscowrist