Belt, Pagan ramp up injury-recovery activity

Belt, Pagan ramp up injury-recovery activity

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants first baseman Brandon Belt continued to increase his baseball-related activities Wednesday, creating the possibility that he could play during the team's four-game series beginning Friday against the Mets.

Belt's recovering from a concussion that has sidelined him since July 19. That mishap closely followed his 50-game layoff with a fractured left thumb. Should his condition keep improving, the Giants' braintrust must decide whether he's sharp enough to return directly to the Giants or must sharpen his skills in the Minor Leagues on an injury rehabilitation assignment, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Bochy acknowledged there's a "better chance" of seeing both Belt and center fielder Angel Pagan in uniform next week in Milwaukee, which is the Giants' series following the Mets encounter.

Bochy said Pagan tested his stiff back successfully Tuesday by engaging in his usual pregame routine -- including batting and fielding practice, as well as running -- at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pagan was expected to repeat the drills Wednesday night, then will participate in an Arizona League game Thursday if he still feels fit.

Pagan hasn't played for the Giants since June 14.

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