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After nearly three weeks of waiting, the Giants are getting Brandon Belt back. Belt suffered a bone bruise in his right knee that landed him on the 10-day disabled list July 26. He played for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats for the past two nights, going 1-for-5.
But ahead of the Giants’ second game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Bruce Bochy said Belt is back. He was activated ahead of the game and as a corresponding move, pitcher Pierce Johnson was optioned to the River Cats.
Even more pressing is the status of Brandon Crawford, who suffered a nasty collision with Gorkys Hernandez last night and had to be removed from the game. In what appears to be relieving news, Bochy said Crawford is feeling significantly better and is optimistic that he’ll avoid time on the disabled list. He will participate in on-field activity today and could be available in a pinch-hitting situation if needed, but will still have to pass concussion protocol.