SAN FRANCISCO¨ – San Francisco Giants home run leader Brandon Belt broke his left thumb and his availability for the final week of the regular season and postseason is in doubt.
The Giants indicated that Monday’s X-ray showed the bone fracture and that Belt “will continue to meet with doctors over the next two days to establish a recovery plan and a timetable for his return.”
The injury is a serious blow to the leader of the NL West, who starts a series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday and is looking to win his first division title since 2012. The Los Angeles Dodgers are two games behind at beginning of the last week.
Belt resigned in the seventh inning of a 6-2 win at the Colorado Rockies on Sunday after being hit to the left hand by a pitch while attempting a bunt.
The 33-year-old Belt has a .274 batting average and has recorded 29 career home runs, his most, and 59 RBIs.