SAN FRANCISCO – First baseman Brandon Belt resumed baseball activities with the San Francisco Giants in spring training after delving into what manager Gabe Kapler called a virus without giving any further details – although Kapler previously said it wasn’t COVID-19.
The 32-year-old belt had already been slowly incorporated after undergoing surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his right heel.
“He had a virus and was sick,” said Kapler. “I don’t know if there is much more, sorry.”
Belt did light baseball work Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium before doing more extensive training on Thursday, Kapler said.
“Had a nice chat with Brandon on the field today. He threw, he feels better,” Kapler said on a Zoom call after San Francisco’s 3-1 win over the White Sox.
“We’ve got some work in the cage too. We’re still trying to get Brandon ready for opening day. There’s no big rush right now. We’re still pretty early in March. But today was promising and every day we’re going to add a bit of activity. When. If.” If you’ve been sick for a while, it will take a while to rebuild. “
Outfielder Jaylin Davis ran the bases Thursday after dealing with knee pain and should be playing soon, while outfielder Austin Slater cultivates what Kapler called “a mild aching hamstring”. He swings the bat.
“He went really well and we are especially confident that you will see him on the lineup for the next few days, maybe one more day to run the bases and then we can get started,” Kapler said. “Did field exercises today and looked great. His body moves well.”
Right-handed Reyes Moronta, who failed to serve during rehab after surgery on his pitching shoulder last season, and left-handed Jarlin Garcia are also closer to getting into the game.