San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said he expects to return from a concussion this season.
Belt, 26, was hit in the face by a ball thrown astray during batting practice last month. He played the first three innings of the game before leaving with dizziness.
He recently went to Pittsburgh to be evaluated by concussion specialist Michael Collins, according to Bay Area Sports Guy.
“(Collins) seems to think that this is not a big deal at all. He’s 100% sure that I’ll be good to go eventually. He’s not exactly sure when that’s going to be, because these things are pretty unpredictable. While I was there he put a three-week timeframe on it, to get all these visual problems fixed.” said Belt, who sounded confident he’ll return this season.
Belt said he will visit Collins again in three weeks, and he will return to baseball activities as soon as he is cleared. He also said he plans to be ready when the playoffs begin.
“Altogether it could be three or four weeks, but I’m definitely planning on playing this season and I definitely plan on being there when we go to the playoffs.”
Belt is hitting .237 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI this season. The Giants are 67-59, one game ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the final N.L. Wild Card spot.
- Paul Palladino