LOS ANGELES -- Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is headed for the disabled list after suffering a broken left thumb when he was hit by a Paul Maholm pitch Friday night.

Belt bent down in pain immediately and was shaking his hand as trainer Dave Groeschner ran out to the field. He initially stayed in the game but was replaced by Joaquin Arias in the bottom half of the second inning.

Belt is hitting .264 this season and is tied for second in the National League with nine homers. He has homered in each ballpark the Giants have played in. Belt has started 32 of 36 games, all at first base.

The Giants don't have a natural replacement on the roster if Belt must miss time, but Arias, left fielder Michael Morse and catchers Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez all are comfortable at the position. Brett Pill, the primary backup for Belt last season, is now playing in Korea. Former Giant Travis Ishikawa was re-signed recently to provide depth at Triple-A.

Check back for more on this developing story.



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