With a power surge in his age-33 season, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has quite literally powered San Francisco to its first 100-win season since 2003 with a team-high 29 home runs. What's more is that he's done all this while missing the whole month of July and some more time.
Unfortunately, it looks like that wasn't the only time that Belt would miss during the 2021 season, and his newest injury couldn't have come at a worse time.
After squaring up to bunt against the Rockies on Sunday, Belt was drilled in the hand by a 93-MPH fastball. X-rays taken Monday revealed that the veteran suffered a fracture in his left thumb on the play, and he'll visit with doctors to figure out a recovery timetable (via MLB.com).
Belt has been hitting especially well of late, slashing .349/.451/.721 throughout the month of September with nine home runs and 18 RBI. His presence will be sorely missed near the top of the lineup for as long as he's out.