Giants’ Belt avoids stint on disabled list


SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt won’t be joining Johnny Cueto, Michael Morse, Jarrett Parker, Austin Slater and Will Smith on disabled list. In fact, he could be available to pinch hit against the Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park Monday night.

The Giants received encouraging news Monday when Belt reported significant “improvement” in the health of his left wrist, which he injured while checking a swing against the San Diego Padres  on Saturday. Instead of becoming the team’s 20th use of the disabled list this season, the first baseman is expecting to rejoin the lineup at some point during the Giants three-game series with the Indians.

“It made a lot of improvement today,” Belt said. “If it makes as much of an improvement tomorrow as it did today, I’ll play, I’m guessing.”

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