SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon Belt will travel with the Giants to San Diego and hopes to be back when his 10 days on the disabled list are up. Belt said if it's not 10 days exactly, it shouldn't be more than two weeks total dealing with a bone bruise.
The Giants thought they could get through 10-14 days without their first baseman. Now they might have to replace Belt's replacement. Pablo Sandoval was removed during Sunday's 8-5 win over the Brewers because of a right hamstring strain. Sandoval will have an MRI on Monday. He said he wasn't sure if he will go on the DL.
"We'll do the MRI tomorrow and see what's going on," he said.
Sandoval said he felt a similar sensation in 2012 when he got hurt doing the splits at first base. That hamstring injury cost him nearly three weeks. This time around, it was a slide that knocked him out. Sandoval hit a two-run triple and then tagged and scored on a fly ball to right. He grabbed his leg as soon as he got up.
Sandoval wasn't the only one to be removed. Andrew McCutchen was pulled late because of a foot contusion. He fouled a couple of balls off his foot and felt pain as he tried to stand up from the bench. There was no timetable for McCutchen, although contusions are generally minor.
--- Joe Panik got the day off after playing nine innings for the River Cats on Saturday night. He'll resume his rehab assignment on Monday, and should be back with the big league club in a few days.
--- Hunter Strickland threw off a bullpen mound for the first time since injuring his hand when he punched a door at AT&T Park. Strickland appeared to be letting it rip, but he won't be back until August 18. The Giants put him on the 60-day DL so he needs to wait this one out no matter how good he feels.
--- There was no update on Johnny Cueto, although he saw team doctors in the morning. It appears Cueto will go on the DL, but the Giants did not call up an extra player on Sunday. With the other injuries, that led to a shortage, and acting manager Hensley Meulens had to use Ty Blach as a pinch-hitter and Chase d'Arnaud as a first baseman.
--- The Giants sold out two of the four games against the Brewers and drew 40,000 for all four of them. Ownership may eventually sign off on a rebuild for baseball reasons, but the business is doing just fine.