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SAN FRANCISCO – Brandon Belt was released from the hospital on Saturday after his appendix was removed and placed on the 10-day disabled list. The actual duration of his absence could be longer than that.
"I'd say up to three weeks, in that area," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before the Giants played the Philadelphia Phillies. "It could be a little before, it could be a little bit more, I think that's the baseline, we're all a little different, how we recover, it's going to be depressed for a while."
The plan during Belt's absence is for Pablo Sandoval to start against right-handers and receiver Buster Posey to go first against the lefties, while Nick Hundley takes care of the duties behind the plate.  Sandoval was in the starting lineup against right-hander Vince Velasquez on Saturday night. Posey was out of the starting lineup after suffering a concussion in the elbow when hit by a pitch in Friday night's 4-0 victory over the Phillies.
Bochy said Posey was available for a popup and is expected to return to the Sunday lineup.
Belt, leader of the Giants in batting average (.309), home runs (11) and RBI (31), went after two innings on Friday night due to abdominal pain. With Belt on the disabled list, with the Giants he reinstated second baseman Alen Hanson (hamstring) after a rehabilitation badignment with the San Jose Solteros Giants.
Belt's loss comes just as the Giants recovered second baseman Joe Panik (thumb surgery) in the lineup and with Madison Bumgarner ready to make his season debut on Tuesday night after suffering a break left little finger during his last workout in the spring.
"The disappointing thing is that you get Joe Panik back for a ticket, we had our club out there," Bochy said. "Now we've lost Belt, but you look at the good side and the fact that Pablo is here to help, he's been doing a good job in his role, and this is part of his role if something happens at first base and third base. will be ready to intervene. "
A publication on Belt's Twitter account at 4:14 a.m. , showing him on a hospital stretcher, made it clear that he had not been sent home with two aspirins to recover.
– Brandon Belt (@ bbelt9) June 2, 2018
The chronology of Belt's return to the lineup will depend on how quickly he recovers and the extent of the surgery. Matt Holliday missed just nine games in 2011 after an appendectomy, and Giants outfielder Andres Torres was out for 11 days in 2010. Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox missed just six games after a 2011 appendectomy.
Belt has frequently visited the disabled list, the last time last summer when a concussion marginalized him from August 4 until the rest of the season, limiting him to 104 games. He has never played more than 156 games in one season.
With the best start to his career, the Belt 2018 numbers projected more than 156 games would be the maximum of his career in home runs (32) and RBIs (91).
"I think you're talking about one of the most skilled hitters in baseball right now when you look at OPS and everything, at the base and all that," Bochy said.
In 2014, Belt was marginalized with a broken thumb from May 9 to July 4, then had two periods on the disabled list due to concussion symptoms. In 2013, a stomach virus had a beginning slow since Belt lost 11 pounds. In 2011, Belt was out of June 4 to July 7 after being hit by a pitch and suffering a broken wrist.
Belt's absence is the last in a season that has seen the Giants lose their two best pitchers in Bumgarner (broken little finger) and Johnny Cueto (sprained ankle, elbow strain), his second base in Panik for 33 games (thumb surgery) and gardeners Hunter Pence (thumb) and Mac Williamson (concussion). Relief pitcher Mark Melancon (elbow) was activated along with Panik after being in the D.L. all season
Bochy refuses to stop in the bad luck.
"I think you take a look at the last couple of years, the amount of injuries, you learn, where does that help?" Said Bochy. "That only compounds the problem, our job is to go out and win ball games, no matter who's out there."