Brandon Belt cleared to resume baseball activities


Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been cleared to resume baseball activities this week. The Giants still aren’t sure if he will be able to return before the end of the season, but they will know more by the end of the week.

Belt suffered a concussion shortly after the All-Star break and was on the disabled list for about two weeks. He returned on August 2 and played in five games before going back on the disabled list with concussion symptoms. Manager Bruce Bochy is pleased with Belt’s progress:

“He’s doing really well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ll go how he feels. That’s what you’ve got to deal with, and if we can ramp it up, we will without taking any risks.”

Belt has middling numbers over 203 plate appearances this season, sporting a .237/.296/.446 slash line with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. In his stead, the Giants have used a handful of players at first base, including Buster Posey, Travis Ishikawa, Michael Morse, Joaquin Arias, and Adam Duvall.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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