Brandon Belt's Career in Jeopardy After Latest Knee Injury

Tyler Maher
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is dealing with a potentially career-ending knee injury.
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt is dealing with a potentially career-ending knee injury. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Injuries are a professional athlete's worst nightmare, as they can end a player's career in a flash.

That might be the case for San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who could be forced into early retirement by his persistent right-knee injury.

Belt has enjoyed a productive 12-year career for the Giants, but injuries have often kept him off the field. That's been the case again for the 34-year-old veteran this season, who's already missed 44 of his team's 122 games (and counting).

After missing 65 games last season and seeing his performance deteriorate this year, it's possible that Belt's injuries have gotten the best of him. He's going to be a free agent this winter, and there's not going to be much of a market for an injury-prone corner infielder in his mid-30s.

With San Francisco out of the playoff race, the team may opt to shut him down and give his playing time to a younger player in need of experience. Belt has not played since August 20 and had only two hits in his previous 38 at-bats.

Time is running out for Belt to get back on the diamond. Not just this year, but potentially forever.

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