Ailing Belt sits out game vs. Dodgers

Ailing Belt sits out game vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Brandon Belt continued to feel nauseous Tuesday, forcing him out of the Giants' lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Belt played Monday at less than full strength and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in San Francisco's 4-0 loss. He reported to the clubhouse on Tuesday feeling worse, saying that he lacked energy and would receive some intravenous fluids in an effort to recover.

Utility man Joaquin Arias replaced Belt at first base. Pablo Sandoval might have appeared to be a more obvious choice, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to maintain continuity by keeping him at third base.

Bochy said that Belt's illness was "a shame, really," since it immediately followed his outstanding Spring Training performance. Belt hit .410 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs, garnished by a .432 on-base percentage and an .833 slugging percentage.

Bochy expressed hope that Belt will be able to rejoin the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Dodgers.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.