"He's pretty nasty, especially from 45 feet away," said Belt, who overcame the aftereffects of a concussion. Overall, he added, "I feel really good, and I feel ready to get in a game to help the team."
That's fine with manager Bruce Bochy, who welcomed Belt's presence as a left-handed hitter off the bench. Bochy did not suggest that Belt, San Francisco's Opening Night first baseman, would soon return to the lineup. But Bochy did say that he would try to install Belt in situations when he might be able to receive multiple at-bats.
First baseman-outfielder Michael Morse took batting practice with Belt off Gardner and, in Bochy's view, remains "a day or two away" from being able to play. Morse has missed San Francisco's last 13 games with a strained left oblique.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.