Friday, September 22

Giants place Brandon Belt on COVID list among mounting health concerns

The San Francisco Giants became so wary about a possible COVID-19 outbreak that president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi emailed employees throughout the organization early Friday stating that only players and essential staffers would be allowed in the team’s home clubhouse this weekend.

By first pitch Friday night, the Giants had four players on the COVID-19 injured list, the latest being first baseman Brandon Belt, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski tested positive on the team’s last trip and was placed on the COVID list. Reliever Dominic Leone joined him this week. Early Friday, so did reliever Zack Littell. PA announcer Renel Brooks-Moon, who is vaccinated and boosted, also tested positive and is taking time off from the booth.

Belt was the fourth player removed from the roster, and the Giants said all four players were vaccinated and boosted. A fifth, outfielder Steven Duggar, also tested positive. Duggar is on the 60-day IL with a strained oblique.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We’re encouraging the best practices and following Major League Baseball protocols.”

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