SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt and Mike Fontenot won't be returning to the Giants quite as soon as expected.
Belt was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. And after projecting that Fontenot would likely return on Friday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that the utility man will need a little more time on his rehab assignment.
"We don't feel there's a sense of urgency that we have to get [Fontenot] here tomorrow, and if we think that he needs some more time, then he's going to stay down there and play," Bochy said. "We're not going to bring him up if we don't think he's ready, and we don't think he's quite ready, to be honest. Fontenot may be in a holding pattern."
Bochy said the decision is based more on Fontenot's health than his ability, as he's not quite running at full speed due to his strained left groin. He will be evaluated after each game with Fresno, and as soon as he is back to feeling 100 percent, Bochy said, Fontenot will be back with the Giants.
As for Belt, Bochy said the left-handed slugger just needs more time and more at-bats. Bochy couldn't give an answer when asked when he expects Belt to rejoin the Giants, classifying Belt as an option right now only if someone gets hurt.
"He's playing down at Fresno and getting his playing time, which he needs. If something happens up here, it's nice to have him available," Bochy said. "I can't tell you when we may need him. Hopefully we stay healthy and play well and we don't need him for a while -- not that I don't want to see him. He's a nice player to have available when we do need him."