Belt making case to return to action soon

Belt making case to return to action soon

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt remains on the fast track in his recovery from a broken left thumb. For the second consecutive day, the Giants first baseman's timeline has been accelerated.

Saturday, Belt was sent to Triple-A Fresno, two days ahead of schedule. Manager Bruce Bochy said he wouldn't be joining the Giants next weekend in San Diego, though. Sunday, Bochy changed his tune.

"There's a good chance of that," Bochy said. "We'll continue to evaluate him on how he's throwing and how he swings the bat, but he's doing well."

Bochy didn't rule out Belt playing for the Giants on Tuesday against the Cardinals, but he said he's not expecting that quickly of a return.

Belt, acting as the designated hitter, followed a 1-for-3 performance in Class A Advanced San Jose on Thursday with a 2-for-3 showing Friday that included a home run. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Fresno on Saturday night and added a solo homer in four at-bats Sunday while playing first base in a game for the first time since the injury.

Angel Pagan, the team's other injured starter, appears slightly closer to a Major League return. Bochy said Pagan took some swings Sunday and has been running on the treadmill.

Said Bochy: "Our hope is he'll be ready to go [Tuesday], but I can't say for sure."

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.