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Matt Wieters undergoes surgery on left hamstring

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Matt Wieters, who injured his left hamstring a week ago and landed on the DL last Friday, underwent surgery Wednesday and will miss an undisclosed amount of time.

The Nationals’ announcement today came as a surprise, as there hadn’t been anything from the team to suggest that Wieters’ injury was more than a typical strain. No further details regarding the procedure were provided, so there’s no telling when he might return. It’s safe to say it’s going to be quite a while before he’s back, though.

Wieters was off to a solid start this year, hitting .231/.342/.385 with three homers in 65 at-bats before getting hurt. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a big improvement on last year’s .225/.288/.344 line. The Nationals considered trying to move on from Wieters and sign Jonathan Lucroy over the winter. They also talked with the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto. One imagines they’ll start working the phones again now. However, they’re not in terrible shape with Pedro Severino as a starter. Severino has impressed this year, batting .275/.386/.356 in 73 at-bats.

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.