Belt set to be activated for Padres series

Belt set to be activated for Padres series

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy made official on Wednesday what has seemed inevitable for days: First baseman Brandon Belt will indeed be activated from the disabled list on Friday when San Francisco opens a three-game series at San Diego.

Friday will mark precisely eight weeks since Belt fractured his left thumb on May 9, when a pitch from Dodgers left-hander Paul Maholm. Belt, who initially was estimated to be sidelined for six weeks, ranked among the National League leaders with nine home runs when he was injured. He also hit .264 with 18 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .504 in his first 35 games.

Michael Morse, who started his 32nd game at first base Wednesday against St. Louis, will return to left field when Belt returns. Though Gregor Blanco will remain the primary option in center field while Angel Pagan's sidelined, Bochy said that he'll consider using Tyler Colvin at that spot. This was a not-so-veiled challenge to Blanco, who entered Wednesday in a .154 skid (6-for-39) spanning his previous 11 games.

"We signed [Blanco] to a pretty good deal ($2.53 million for one year) to give us coverage for times like this," Bochy said.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat.Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.