The San Francisco Giants are gearing up for a four-day showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hoping they’ll be luckier than they did the weekend when LA swept them in a three-game series at Oracle Park. But the Giants will do without one of their best players as Brandon Belt has been placed on the 10-day injured list.
Belt missed a good chunk of games last week when dealing with a side injury but returned during the Dodgers streak. He left the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday after further aggravating the injury on a swing, and hit the IL with an oblique load on Wednesday.
His place on the roster is left-handed batsman Jason Vosler, who was recalled by AAA Sacramento.
– OF Braden Bishop and RHP Trevor Hildenberger both clarified the exemptions and were sentenced to triple A Sacramento.
– IF Brandon Belt was placed on the 10-day IL with a left oblique load.
– IF Jason Vosler has been recalled by Triple-A Sacramento.
– SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 26, 2021
Belt’s absence will be felt when he hits .228 / .350 / .474, which is good for an OPS of .824, the only Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, the heavily displaced Darin reputation, and the small sample size of Steve Duggar leaves behind. The Giants have made patience and fighting pitchers a priority, and Belt is linked to Evan Longoria for team leadership on walks.
Vosler made his MLB debut earlier in the season, hitting 2-14 with 1 double, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. In 59 AAA record appearances he cuts .200 / .322 / .356 with 6 walks to 8 strikers.
The Giants also announced that outfielder Braden Bishop (Hunter Bishop’s older brother) and right-handed Trevor Hildenberger had been granted the exemptions and assigned to Sacramento. Both players filed waivers last week but were quickly earmarked for use on the 40-man roster for pitchers Nick Tropeano and Scott Kazmir.