Belt feeling good, cleared to start exercising
SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy said Brandon Belt is feeling better and is expected to resume exercising Tuesday.
Bochy said the first baseman, who passed a concussion test Monday, should resume baseball activities soon after and possibly return early in the team's upcoming 10-game road trip.
"I think it's a possibility, yes," Bochy said. "I think he's eager to get things going again. It just matters what our doctors say now."
Bochy's optimistic outlook echoed Belt's sentiment from earlier Monday, while making an appearance on 95.7 The Game.
"I am good now. I was in a fog for a little while; I'm not going to lie," Belt said. "It was a weird place, but I seem to be coming out of it and I feel good. So hopefully in the next few days I can get back out there."
Belt said he's felt like he could do physical activity the last couple of days and that he was "within range" of passing a baseline concussion test Sunday.
Belt said on the radio that Monday had been his best day since suffering the injury. Monday marked one week after he'd been placed on the seven-day disabled list after falling victim to friendly fire on an errant infield practice throw in Miami two days earlier.
"I don't feel any dizziness or headaches right now. You never know, maybe I can get in there today and start doing some stuff. I just don't know until I get there -- it's been nine or 10 days since I've done anything," Belt said. "I imagine I'm not going to feel perfect when I start doing something, but it may be something where I kind of see how it is and maybe push through it a little bit."
Belt got off to a good start in 2014 before a pitch broke his left thumb in early May. Two weeks into his return from a two-month absence, he got the concussion. It's been a far-from-ideal season for Belt, but he's hoping to atone for it with a strong stretch run.
"I don't ever get this unlucky in baseball. It's been a weird season for me. It's been a little frustrating at times, but there's not much I can do about it now," Belt said. "What I'm trying to do is look forward to these last two months and make sure I finish off strong. I'm not looking for excuses for what's happened in the past. I don't want to go out there and lag behind everybody else. I want to help during this playoff push."