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Belt's sprained wrist greatly improved

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Much to the Giants' relief, first baseman Brandon Belt said Monday he's feeling better after spraining his left wrist Saturday in San Diego.

"Trying to do everything I can to get in there tomorrow, for sure," Belt said before Monday's series opener vs. the Indians.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Much to the Giants' relief, first baseman Brandon Belt said Monday he's feeling better after spraining his left wrist Saturday in San Diego.

"Trying to do everything I can to get in there tomorrow, for sure," Belt said before Monday's series opener vs. the Indians.

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The Giants scratched Belt from Sunday's lineup after he injured himself on a checked swing the previous day. Belt said he imagines he will be cleared to swing Tuesday if he improves as much as he did from Sunday to Monday.

"He just needs another day," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday. "I think he'll be OK to go tomorrow. He's still a little stiff."

Belt leads the team in home runs (16) and walks (54) and ranks second in RBIs (44). Rookie Jae-Gyun Hwang assumed Belt's spot at first base Monday.

Jones comes off DL

Giants rookie Ryder Jones, on the disabled list with a right wrist contusion, was activated after Monday's 5-3 loss to the Indians and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Jones joined the infield corps in taking pregame grounders Monday. After plenty of ice treatment and massages, Jones participated in batting practice at the Giants' Rookie-level Arizona League affiliate while the team opened its second half in San Diego.

He didn't have an official at-bat, though.

"See how it feels today and hopefully get in the swing of things. ... Honestly, it's really boring to not play," Jones said before Monday's game. "Just trying to stay locked in and pay attention to the games. And still learn, even though you're not playing."

Another Draft pickup

The Giants have reportedly come to terms with the Orioles' fourth-round Draft pick, Jack Conlon. MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal was first to report the move. The Giants have not confirmed the agreement.

Conlon, a power pitcher from Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was committed to Texas A&M University. Conlon became an unrestricted free agent after the Orioles did not pass him on their physical. Draft rules dictate that an organization must offer 40 percent of a player's slot value should he fail a physical.

Rosenthal reported Conlon's deal with the Giants is also pending a physical.

Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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