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Giants Reveal Date for Brandon Belt's Return From Injury

Devon Platana
The San Francisco Giants have revealed the date for 1B Brandon Belt's return from injury.
The San Francisco Giants have revealed the date for 1B Brandon Belt's return from injury. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB is set to wrap up Spring Training in the coming days with Opening Day 2022 exactly a week away. One player who's yet to make his Spring Training debut is San Francisco Giants first basemen Brandon Belt, who's been sidelined due to knee inflammation.

Even though Belt has still been participating in team workouts, his return date has been up in the air. Fortunately, Giants manager Gabe Kapler helped shed some light on the situation Thursday.

Brandon Belt Injury Update

Kapler told reporters that the "very tentative" plan is for Belt to play his first Cactus League game of the year on Monday. Assuming that he's healthy enough by then, he'll have that game and one on Tuesday to prepare for the 2022 MLB regular season.

The situation has been concerning due to the 33-year-old not being a stranger when it comes to knee injuries. He's battled with knee problems over the last three or four years, with issues limiting him to 97 games in 2021.

Although he's in the latter half of his career, Belt had one of his more impressive seasons at the plate in 2021. He made a total of 325 at-bats for the Giants, finishing with a career-high 29 home runs (on pace for 48 in 162 games) while driving in 59 runs with a .274 batting average.

Belt has provided the Giants with consistency at first base ever since joining the club in 2011. He's since become a former MLB All-Star and two-time World Series champion, so it's easy to see just how important he is to the franchise when healthy.

FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving the Giants +2500 odds (T-No. 11) to win the 2022 World Series. In other words, getting Belt back as soon as possible will certainly help maintain those odds.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.