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San Francisco Giants put 1B Brandon Belt on injured list with thumb injury

San Francisco Giants put 1B Brandon Belt on injured list with thumb injury
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, shown Sept. 17 during a game against the Atlanta Braves, has a .274 batting average with a career-high 29 home runs and 59 RBIs this season. Photo by George Nikitin/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The San Francisco Giants placed starting first baseman Brandon Belt on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb fracture, the team announced Tuesday. The move is retroactive to Monday.

"It's not optimal, but I think we're going to be fine because our players are prepared for it," Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters.

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Belt exited in the seventh inning of the Giants' 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday after getting struck on the left hand with a pitch while squaring to bunt.

On Monday, the Giants said X-rays revealed the broken bone and Belt will "continue to meet with doctors over the next couple of days to develop a recovery plan and timetable for his return."

Belt's injury is a significant blow for the Giants, who entered Tuesday with a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West race. The 33-year-old Belt has a .274 batting average with a career-best 29 home runs and 59 RBIs this season.

In 1,233 career games with the Giants, Belt has a .264 batting average with 167 home runs and 561 RBIs.

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San Francisco, seeking its first division title since 2012, began a home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. LaMonte Wade Jr. got the start at first base in place of Belt in that matchup.

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