Belt making progress in rehab

Belt making progress in rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy had a chance to talk with Brandon Belt after Belt's first rehab start and liked what he heard.

Belt, who broke his left wrist on May 9, served as the designated hitter on Thursday and went 1-for-3.

"He said he felt good, so we'll see how it goes in pregame warmups," Bochy said when asked if Belt would play the field on Friday. If not Friday, Bochy added, there was a good chance Belt would start at first on Saturday.

The plan is for Belt to remain with San Jose through Sunday and continue his rehab with Triple-A Fresno on Monday. Bochy preached patience, though, saying that Belt won't be joining the Giants for next weekend's series in San Diego.

"He needs at-bats right now. He's missed a lot of time," Bochy said. "Even though he feels good with the hand, it takes a while to find the timing that you're going to need to hit Major League pitching. We're looking for him to get quite a few games down there with the bat."

A return around July 4 seems most likely for Belt, who has hit nine home runs and driven in 18 runs in 35 games this season.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.