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San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt hopes to return to the diamond by early August

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 5:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 9:13 PM CDT
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HUDSON, Texas (KTRE) -San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is hopeful to soon be retuning to the baseball field.

Belt hurt his knee late June and the team was worried it might require surgery. The news since has been more optimistic.

“A few days later I woke up and it was feeling a lot better,” Belt said. “Now we are just doing rehab. I feel like I will be back towards the end of this month or early August.”

The Hudson native was in town over the All-Star break to get rest and work on the plans for his upcoming $100,000 bass fishing tournament. The Giants are in a tight race for the NL West, having the best record in baseball and a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I have been a part of a lot of great teams but to me this might be the best chemistry we have ever had in a clubhouse that I have been a part of,” Belt said. “We are deep. We have great pitching, great defense and a very deep lineup.”

In the field. Belt’s reps are being taken care of by LaMonte Wade Jr. and Darin Ruf. Belt’s bat has been missed. This has been somewhat of a comeback season with Belt. His on-base-plus-slugging percentage has been near the top of the league. Despite the injury, Belt is making sure to be supportive of the team.

“I think being around the clubhouse seeing other guys faces. letting them see my face. i am still going to hitter meetings and stuff like that. you can still be a presence without being on the field. that is what I try to do.”

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