Giants' Brandon Belt Sent To Triple-A

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Brandon Belt Demoted By Giants, Cody Ross Activated

Rookie first baseman Brandon Belt was sent to AAA Fresno by the Giants today, making room for right fielder Cody Ross, who was activated from the disabled list. From Mychael Urban:

Brandon Belt just told me he is being sent down.

Belt was a surprise addition to the Giants' Opening Day lineup after a spot on the roster opened up when Ross strained his calf. The Giants were hoping that Belt's performance in the Cactus League would translate into April success, making for a tough decision when Ross came back.

Not only did Belt struggle, with 10 hits in his first 52 major league at-bats, but his presence in the lineup also meant that Aubrey Huff was moved to right field. In the first week of the season, Huff fielded as if someone had tied his shoelaces to his wristbands. With Belt in AAA, Huff will move back to first base.

Belt, the Giants' top prospect, shot through the minor leagues last season, playing in A-ball at this time last year. He should be back before September.


Giants' Brandon Belt Probably Heading To Triple-A

Remember all the hullabaloo about Giants rookie Brandon Belt? How it would be a crime against humanity if Belt opened the season in the minors, as Buster Posey did a year ago? Well, it looks like he's going down after all. Andrew Baggarly:

Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn't completely show his cards, but he sure seemed to tip his hand when asked about the possibility of demoting struggling rookie first baseman Brandon Belt.

Bochy said the club must make a decision tomorrow, when Cody Ross is likely to be activated from the disabled list.

Somebody has to go down, and apparently the options are Belt and speedy outfielder Darren Ford, who hardly plays. But the decision is probably academic, because Andres Torres is coming off the DL soon, too. At which point Belt will become utterly extraneous.

In the meantime, Aubrey Huff's been struggling, both at the plate and in right field. With Belt carrying a .200 batting average, the logical move is to send Belt down, shift Huff back to first base, and hand right field to Ross. Belt will get his shot. But it might not be until this summer.

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