The Brandon Belt Chronicles: Caught By The DL Monster

brandonbelt-3The San Francisco Giants clubhouse is beginning to look like the ravaged city of Tokyo in Ishiro Honda’s classic 1954 film “Godzilla”. In this case the fearsome beast is the DL monster and it’s taking Giant players right and left, leaving a trail of empty lockers, lost opportunities, and used towels on the floor.

The list of Giants down is postively frightening: Mark DeRosa, torn wrist tendon; Mike Fontenot, left groin strain; speedster Darren Ford, left ankle strain; Barry Zito, right foot strain; offensive leader Pablo Sandoval, broken hamate bone in right hand; and of course Buster Posey, broken left fibula and torn ankle ligaments.

Welcome to the San Francisco Giants’ 2011 DL club, Brandon Belt.

Rookie Belt joined the DL ward on June 4th after an MRI showed a hairline fracture in his left wrist four days after being hit by a pitch. Luckily, that pitch was thrown by a St. Louis Cardinal and not a Florida Marlin (somebody, please remind Brian Sabean of that fact). Belt only had time to make two starts after being called back up from Triple-A Fresno on May 26th.

Brandon Belt will be out a month while the fracture heals, which puts him at about July 4th. The 2011 All Star break follows six games later, so we’re realistically looking at a date after July 21, 2011. You can bet the team will be extra careful with their prized left-handed power hitter, so the rehab period for Belt to get his groove back could take him closer to August 1st.

Since the Giants are hoping to start scoring more than their season-to-date average of 3.62 runs per game, let’s hope Belt returns sooner. (Note: MLB run scoring leader St. Louis is plating an average of 4.96 runs per game; the average for all National League teams is 4.13 runs per game.)

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