Brandon Belt went on 95.7 The Game today and talked to Greg Papa and John Lund about the concussion he suffered on July 19 in Miami.
“I am good now. I was in a fog for a little while, I’m not going to lie. It was a weird place, but I seem to be coming out of it and I feel good. So hopefully in the next few days I can get back out there,” Belt said.
Belt said that he took a baseline test when he joined the organization, and he underwent tests on Tuesday and yesterday to determine whether he can return to action. Belt said he was “within range” of passing the test yesterday.
The goal is to be symptom-free, which means no dizziness, nausea or headaches. While Belt seems to be getting better, it doesn’t sound like he’s completely back to normal yet.
“Just in the past couple days I’ve felt to where I could maybe do something,” Belt said.
“Today, this is the best that I’ve felt so far. I don’t feel any dizziness or headaches right now. You never know, maybe I can get in there today and start doing some stuff. I just don’t know until I get there. It’s been nine or ten days since I’ve done anything. So I imagine I’m not going to feel perfect when I start doing something. But it may be something where I kind of see how it is and maybe push through it a little bit. We’ll see what happens when I get in there today.”
He also explained how the injury occurred.
“It was very weird. We were taking infield. Initially I was catching the second baseman. Nothing was wrong then. Then I turned my attention to shortstop. I had to catch Crawford over there. It was his turn and it was my turn to catch Crawford at that point. So I told the second basemen that I was done catching them. Well, I guess not everybody heard me over there. So when I was catching Crawford, I had somebody throw a ball at my face,” said Belt, who would neither confirm nor deny that the culprit was Marco Scutaro after Papa brought his name up.
“It jarred my head pretty good. When it hit me, I didn’t think too much of it. I was mad that I got hit. It didn’t feel very good. But I didn’t lose my memory or anything like that. I didn’t have any dizziness or headache at the time. I was just hurting where it hit me in the cheek. I went down underneath, and the trainers came down there and did a few tests or whatever, made sure I was OK. I had no symptoms whatsoever. Then I got in the game. I guess maybe just running around the bases or something might have triggered it. After that point, it put me in a weird place. I started getting that dizziness, headaches, and just overall sick feeling.”
It sounds like Belt is probably still a few days away from taking batting practice or running, although he might not need any rehab starts in minors. It’s been a trying year for Belt. He started out hot, then he missed 50 games after getting hit in the thumb by Paul Maholm. Once he finally started to feel normal again, Scutaro blindsided him in the cheek.
“I don’t ever get this unlucky in baseball. It’s been a weird season for me. It’s been a little frustrating at times, but there’s not much I can do about it now,” said Belt.
“What I’m trying to do is look forward to these last two months and make sure I finish off strong. I’m not looking for excuses for what’s happened in the past. I don’t want to go out there and lag behind everybody else. I want to help during this playoff push.”