SF@LAD: Belt takes pitch to hand, leaves game

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his broken left thumb, is sporting a club-like cast on his left hand.

Belt was lucky he had that protection Friday night when he was in the dugout during the Giants' game against Miami.

"I actually got hit with a ball the other day when I was sitting in the dugout," Belt said Sunday. "It hurt. Hit me right on my thumb."

First baseman Michael Morse threw a ball into the dugout before the start of an inning. It hit the dirt, bounced into the dugout and found Belt's injured thumb.

"I tried to swat it away. My reaction time was not very good," said Belt, who has been taking pain pills since his surgery. "Didn't feel good. It started throbbing. I just came in and sat in the training room after that. It hit me on the cast part but it just vibrated my entire hand."

Since then, Belt has covered his thumb with a batting helmet while in the dugout. He said his thumb feels much better now than it did the first few days after surgery.

"I'm doing good, I guess," said Belt, who's expected to be out until at least late June. "The thumb's doing better. It's not hurting 24-7 now. I've been through this before. I guess I'm doing all right. Just waiting. That's the hardest part. Yesterday was really the first day it wasn't bothering me that much."

Belt said he'll get the cast off Friday and replace it with a removable splint.

Belt missed over a month of the 2011 season after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist and suffering a hairline fracture. Before that, the longest stretch of any season he missed was when he was 8 years old and had surgery on a finger on his left hand.

"It's this hand right here. It takes a beating," Belt said. "I got hit by a ball. Actually, I was playing shortstop when I was 8. I was catching a line drive and I put my hand over my glove too fast. It hit the very tip of my finger. My joint underneath rotated and popped out of my skin. So I had to have surgery to put it back in there."

Pagan day to day with sprained shoulder

MIA@SF: Pagan hurts his shoulder diving for triple

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was out of the starting lineup Sunday against Miami, one day after injuring his left shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch.

Pagan had an MRI that revealed a sprained shoulder but no major injury.

"Really, it was pretty good news for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after his team's 4-1 victory over Miami. "We think it's going to be a couple days.

"He's day to day. We'll re-evaluate him on Tuesday. Our hope is he'll be OK to go on Tuesday. He seems to be doing better. For Angel, it's good to have two days to give him a break and Tuesday hopefully he can go out there and play. But I can't answer that right now."

Pagan landed hard on his left elbow and shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch in the top of the sixth inning on a line drive by Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones that went for a triple. Pagan got up slowly after his hard landing and rubbed his left shoulder, but he stayed in the game. When the top of the sixth ended, Pagan ran off the field slowly, his left arm hanging down. He struck out swinging in the eighth inning.

"Since it happened I didn't think it was anything serious," Pagan said Sunday. "Obviously I knew it was going to be really sore the next day, but we're always going to be cautious and see what's going on. So that's why I went this morning to get an MRI. So far just a strain in the AC joint a little bit. It's a day-to-day situation. I'm not really concerned. I think these two days off, today and tomorrow, will be good for me. We'll see how we go on Tuesday."

Pagan said he's taking anti-inflammatory medicine and is giving his shoulder complete rest.

When Pagan hurt his shoulder Saturday he was "pretty concerned" because he underwent surgery on the same shoulder in 2008 while playing for the New York Mets. In retrospect, Pagan thinks that surgery to repair a torn labrum may have prevented a more serious injury Saturday.

"I have like nine anchors in that labrum," Pagan said. "I was pretty concerned. You don't know how it's going to react the next day, but today it could be worse, so that's good news."

Pagan suffered the injury on May 7, 2008, during a game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles while playing left field. He caught a fly ball running full speed in foul territory and went over the wall and into the stands.

"My arm got caught in a chair," Pagan said. "It was ugly. I kept playing. I played for a couple more innings, but it was broken. I couldn't take it no more."

Pagan tried to rehabilitate the injury but wound up having surgery on July 29 that year.

Pagan, the Giants' leadoff hitter, missed much of last season after injuring his left hamstring in late May and undergoing surgery in June.

Pagan is hitting .321 with three home runs, 10 doubles, 15 RBIs and 21 runs scored.

Gregor Blanco started in center field Sunday.

Hudson ramps up work in prep for next start

SF@PIT: Hudson fans five in complete-game effort

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Tim Hudson threw on flat ground again Sunday, increasing his intensity and workload, and remained on track to start against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

Hudson missed his scheduled start Friday against Miami with a strained left hip.

"It went good," Hudson said. "Another step in the right direction. Everything felt good. A little more intensity today. Stretched it out a little bit further than yesterday. So far, so good. I'm going to keep treating it and throw a bullpen on Tuesday in preparation for Thursday."

Hudson said he made around "60 or 70" throws "from about 90 feet."

On Saturday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Hudson would throw a bullpen session Sunday. Hudson called an audible.

"There was a discussion," Hudson said. "We thought about it. But normally my bullpen day is two days before I pitch. So we're just going to do another throwing day, flat ground, and get back to a normal routine."

Hudson indicated that he still has some stiffness in his left hip.

"It's getting better," Hudson said. "It's pretty close. Barring any setbacks, I don't think there should be any issues."

Hudson is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA in eight starts this season. He first felt pain in his left hip early in his last start May 11 against the Dodgers.

Scutaro to get procedure for ailing back

SF@LAA: Scutaro doubles in Spring Training debut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro is in Miami to undergo a non-surgical procedure that he and the Giants hope will speed his recovery from a nagging back injury, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.

The procedure, scheduled for Monday, is similar to "a blood spinning thing," Bochy said, referring to a platelet-rich plasma injection.

"We're going to see if we can speed up this process," Bochy said. "I don't have a target date. It's been frustrating. He's done some baseball activities and then he had to back off. We're hoping that this will get him over the hump to where we may have a target date at some point here."

Scutaro had been getting treatment at the team's complex in Arizona. He was initially placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21 then transferred to the 60-day DL on May 10.

Scutaro, 38, batted .297 with 23 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBIs in 127 games last season. He was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time in his career.