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For the past week, Brandon Belt has been openly nursing a knee injury that will likely require surgery. Belt said his intentions were to play through it and finish the season, but he had to be pulled from a game September 14, with Bochy commenting afterwards that he was “concerned there.”
It has been a somewhat confusing situation for Belt to try play through, with surgery seemingly necessary and 10 games left in a lost season. He hasn’t played since the 14th.
Today, Bruce Bochy gave what seems to be a final update on Belt. According to Andrew Baggarly, Bochy said Belt is on his way back to San Francisco, with his season “likely over.”
Brandon Belt is heading back to San Francisco. He’ll get another MRI on his ailing knee. Could have surgery soon. His season is likely over, Bruce Bochy said.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) September 19, 2018
Belt had an MRI on the right knee – the same one that he suffered a bone bruise in earlier this season, which put him on the disabled list for a few weeks – on September 14, but the results came back negative, showing that Belt was just dealing with inflammation. He is scheduled to have another MRI before he likely receives surgery.