With any luck, it’s just a 10-day assignment.
Brandon Belt, who began a rehab assignment Saturday after missing a month with a fractured wrist, was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.
Belt earned his way back to the majors on May 26, only to get hurt in his second game back with the Giants. He was 2-for-5 with a walk in two appearances before going on the DL.
With the All-Star break coming up, it wouldn’t make any sense for the Giants to activate Belt this weekend. So, they might as well send him down and save a little cash and maybe a little service time, depending on when he’s recalled. If Belt were to get hurt again in the minors while on the major league DL, the Giants would have had to keep paying him and letting him accrue service time.
Belt, though, deserves to be in the majors, and hopefully, the Giants will go ahead and call him up 10 days from now. He’s started off 5-for-14 with a homer through five games on his rehab assignment.
Because of course he did.
It wasn’t just his first at bat, but it was his first pitch. It came off of John Kilichowski, an 11th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Vanderbilt. The ball went out to left center, off the bat of the lefty Tebow.
Next time, meat, throw him a breaking ball.
The other night, Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field after the second benches-clearing incident with the Yankees. It was later revealed that Benoit tore a calf muscle during the fracas, ending his season.
Yesterday he pointed the finger at just about everyone else for the incidents like the one that led to his injury. Hitters specifically. From The Star:
“I believe as pitchers we’re entitled to use the whole plate and pitch in if that’s the way we’re going to succeed,” Benoit said. “I believe that right now baseball is taking things so far that in some situations most hitters believe that they can’t be brushed out. Some teams take it personally.”
That “take it personally” line is interesting coming from Benoit as, in this instance, it seemed pretty clear that the whole plunking exchange which led to his injury started because Josh Donaldson took an inside pitch that did not seem to be a purpose pitch at all, too personally.
Did Benoit take a veiled swipe at his teammate here? If so, that’s pretty notable. If not it’s notable in another way, right? As it suggests that Benoit believes it’s OK for his teammates to take issue with inside pitches but anyone else who does is part of the problem?
Which is it, Joaquin?