CINCINNATI — Everything is on the table, manager Gabe Kapler said. But the outlook for two key pieces of the Giants lineup to rejoin the team for its next series in Philadelphia looks unlikely.
Brandon Belt (right knee) and Austin Slater (left wrist) remained in San Francisco for the first leg of the Giants’ three-city swing through the Eastern time zone, even though both will be eligible to come off the injured list while the team is on the road.
Belt was eligible to be activated for Sunday’s series finale in Cincinnati, but he has yet to progress beyond receiving treatment for the inflammation in his knee, Kapler said. The same ailment prevented him from playing most of spring training and has kept him out of the Giants lineup since May 19.
“He’s doing fine. He’s progressing,” Kapler said.
But without having restarted baseball activities, it would seem to be a stretch to count on Belt coming back by the time the team leaves Philadelphia. After three with the Phillies, the Giants head to Miami for four games with the Marlins, possibly a more likely timeline for Belt and Slater to return.
Their series opener Thursday in Miami is the first day Slater will be eligible to be activated from the IL.
While Kapler said “it’s on the table,” in regards to Belt joining the team in Philadelphia, “I don’t think Slater is going to join us in Philly.”
“But,” he added, “nothing is off the table.”