Belt, who has three previous concussions, feeling symptoms after getting hit

Belt, who has three previous concussions, feeling symptoms after getting hit

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have taken plenty of losses on the field this season. The hit they took late Friday night could be much more serious. 

Brandon Belt was hit in the side of the head by a pitch in the sixth inning and removed immediately. Belt was feeling concussion-like symptoms after the incident and he will be reevaluated on Saturday morning. If Belt does have a concussion, it would be his fourth in the last eight years. 

“He’s been through this before, so it’s obvious there are some concerns there,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

Belt missed the final 15 games of the 2015 season after diving into an infielder’s knee while getting back to second base, and 46 games in 2014 after getting hit by a Marco Scutaro throw during batting practice. He also suffered a serious concussion while playing at the University of Texas. In the past, Belt has seen specialists to try and recover. 

The Giants were waiting a day before making any definitive statement, but it seems a lock that Belt will be put on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Bochy and general manager Bobby Evans met after the game to discuss the situation. Ryder Jones, who moved over after Belt was removed, is the next man up at first base. 

Belt was sent home before the clubhouse was opened to reporters. 

“I’m sure this is probably scaring him a little bit because he’s been through this,” Bochy said. “It’s not a lot of fun going through one and now he’s going through another. I’m sure he’s got some concerns, as we do. Our hope is this thing will be better tomorrow.”

While leading off the inning, Belt took a 79 mph curveball from rookie Anthony Banda to the side of the helmet. He went straight down, holding his head as trainer Dave Groeschner ran to the plate. After a couple of minutes, Belt stood up. He was removed immediately by Groeschner and Bochy. AT&T Park was silent, and Banda, who had command issues all night, crouched on the mound and bit into his glove. 

The Diamondbacks have hit two Giants in the head this season. Buster Posey landed on the concussion disabled list in April after taking a Taijuan Walker fastball off the helmet. In the top of the seventh, Madison Bumgarner hit Jake Lamb in the ribs with a fastball. There was little question about the intent. 

Belt, by just about any standard, has been the Giants’ second-best player this season. He leads the team with 18 homers, tying his career-high, and has a .823 OPS. Belt also is in serious contention for his first Gold Glove Award. He has started to heat up over the past week, with four multi-hit games, two homers and seven doubles over his past nine games. 

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”