Belt gets cast off wrist, could return in two weeks

Belt gets cast off wrist, could return in two weeks

OAKLAND -- With the almost overwhelming number of injuries the Giants have suffered this season, the fact that their top prospect fractured his wrist has almost been lost in the shuffle. But Brandon Belt is making progress and could be back on the field within two weeks.

Belt had his cast removed Friday and was wearing a protective splint on his left wrist, and the left-handed slugger was scheduled to begin throwing Friday in Oakland as well. It still should be about a week until he begins taking swings, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Belt was hit by a fastball from the Cardinals' Trever Miller on May 31 and has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 4.

Utility man Mike Fontenot, meanwhile, is not recovering from his left groin strain as quickly as planned. Fontenot was still with the club in Oakland and worked out on the field before the game after his rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno came to an abrupt halt on June 10 because he aggravated the injury.

"He's not coming along quite as fast as we were hoping. It's hard to put when he'll be ready," Bochy said. "He certainly could help."

Bochy said he was hoping Fontenot would be able to restart his rehab within the next day or two, and he would ideally be back within the week to help off the bench, at second base or at shortstop.

Rounding out the injury report, outfielder Darren Ford (sprained left ankle) made his first rehab start for Fresno on Thursday night, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.