Belt to face Giants prospects in instructional league

First baseman doesn't travel with team after returning on Wednesday

Belt to face Giants prospects in instructional league

PHOENIX -- Fresh off his first appearance in a Major League game since Aug. 6, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt did not travel with the team to San Diego. Instead, he plans to spend part of Thursday's off-day taking swings off San Francisco pitching prospects at the club's instructional league camp.

"It's not like I don't need it," said Belt, who drew a ninth-inning walk as a pinch-hitter during Wednesday's two-run surge that gave the Giants a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Belt was activated from the disabled list Tuesday after overcoming concussion symptoms. He and the team reasoned that the extra swings could help him sharpen his skills.

Facing D-backs right-hander Addison Reed with runners on first and second base and one out in the ninth, Belt twice swung and missed, but still coaxed his free pass.

"It felt good to see a live pitch and see some spin on the ball," said Belt, who's batting .237 in 52 games.

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.