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Thursday BP: Brandon Belt thinks he’ll be close by Opening Day

The Giants first baseman made his spring debut on Wednesday.

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Hello and happy Thursday.

Brandon Belt made his spring debut on Wednesday, after an offseason in which he dealt with heel surgery, the coronavirus, and mono. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in the San Francisco Giants game against the San Diego Padres, but the outcome didn’t matter. What mattered is that he was on the field. Or at least in the batter’s box.

He’s hoping to actually be on the field for Thursday’s game.

The good news for Belt is that, after a brutal double sickness, he seems to be feeling well. The bad news is that, for very understandable reasons, he doesn’t yet have his baseball groove.

So now the race is on to see if Belt will be ready for Opening Day on April 1 against the Seattle Mariners. A week is not much to get your timing, but Belt is optimistic that, at the very least, he’ll be close.

The Giants optioned Jason Vosler on Wednesday. Given that Vosler seemed the likely candidate to replace Belt if he had an extended absence, it would seem that the Giants are confident that their All-Star first baseman will be ready pretty soon.

Old, random MCC article for you to read

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How many days until Opening Day?

There are 7 days until Opening Day. In case you were not aware, there are also 7 days in a week. In other words, there is a week until Opening Day.

Brace yourselves. And have a helluva Thursday.