Giants first baseman Brandon Belt sidelined by sore heel

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been using a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said Belt will be re-evaluated in five to seven days but it's too soon to know whether the injury could affect his status for the season opener July 23 at Dodger Stadium. The 32-year-old Belt has dealt with heel pain previously and aggravated it this time doing agility work in a ladder drill.

Giants return, so do some players, but Padres INF Mateo out

As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend. The San Diego Padres, however, revealed that newly acquired infielder Jorge Mateo's intake test for coronavirus came back positive and he's experienced symptoms. Mateo was obtained last week from Oakland for a player to be named or cash in the first trade since the transaction freeze was lifted.

New center field backdrop has Dodgers hitters adjusting

The Los Angeles Dodgers were eager to show off $100 million worth of stadium renovations to fans and a national audience at the All-Star Game this summer. The Dodgers won't host the All-Star festivities until 2022. The black tarp that served as the backdrop in center field is gone, replaced by a new center field plaza that may take some getting used to for hitters.

History shows A’s Mark Canha more than comfortable playing in a mask

Mark Canha came to Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday and found a new face mask in his locker. Most everyone was given one, but it certainly wasn't a standard issue. Not with its design.Someone made masks that looked like Mike Fiers' face when he had rocked that swirling facial hair design on Sept. 14, 2019 against the Texas Rangers.Canha suspects Fiers himself.