Belt, Sanchez may return before end of season

Belt, Sanchez may return before end of season

CHICAGO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy did not rule out the possibility of first baseman Brandon Belt and catcher Hector Sanchez playing again before the season ends. But, Bochy added, a program heavy on baseball-related activities must be organized for both players, who are recovering from post-concussion symptoms.

Belt and Sanchez probably will need approximately three weeks' rest after recent incidents worsened their conditions.

"That's a lot of time without playing in a game," Bochy said Thursday.

Minor League injury rehab stints won't be in either player's future, since the farm teams end their schedules in early September. More than likely, Belt and Sanchez will spend at least some time at the Giants' training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., where they can immerse themselves in their recovery.

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