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San Francisco Giants place Brandon Belt (knee) on injured list

Aug 14, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) bats during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

The 34-year-old veteran acknowledged that his chronic right knee injury could be career-threatening.

“This one is barking a little bit more,” said Belt, who has had multiple surgeries on the knee. “There’s just not a lot more they can do. They’ve literally done everything, and they can’t figure it out. I’m not sure there is anything that can be done.”

Belt is batting a career-worst .213 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 78 games this season, his 12th with the Giants.

A 2016 All-Star and two-time World Series champion, Belt is a career .261 hitter with 175 homers and 584 RBIs in 1,310 games with San Francisco.

The Giants recalled outfielder Bryce Johnson from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding transaction.

Johnson, 26, made his MLB debut on Aug. 3 and was hitless in four at-bats over four games. He is batting .287 with five homers, 29 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 80 games at Sacramento this season.

–Field Level Media