SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Highly touted prospect Brandon Belt was a late add to the lineup against the Brewers on Friday, and the move certainly paid off for the Giants.
Serving as the designated hitter, Belt crushed his first career Spring Training home run off Brewers right-hander Tim Dillard in the first inning of Friday's 7-2 win over the Brewers. His two-run shot gave the Giants their fifth run of the frame.
"It was definitely nice to get that home run, because it puts you at ease," Belt said. "It's just exciting to get that first home run out here this year, and hopefully I can stay with that approach and get some more."
It's been an impressive spring for Belt, who was ranked No. 26 on MLB.com's list of top 50 prospects after hitting .352 with 23 homers in the Minors last season. The 22-year-old first baseman is batting .375 with two doubles, one home run and six RBIs after going 2-for-4.
"He's been doing a great job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He'll back in there tomorrow."
Torres to return to lineup on Friday night
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Andres Torres, who has been out of the starting lineup since Saturday with a sore left oblique, is scheduled to make his return on Friday night against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
Torres wasn't originally in the lineup, but was penciled in at leadoff for the Giants' second game of the day; they beat the Brewers, 7-2, in a day game at Scottsdale Stadium.
"He's going to play tonight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We'll try to get him an at-bat or two."
Torres batted .270 with 16 home runs and 26 stolen bases last season and has appeared in two Cactus League games this year, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored.
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Whiteside will be back in action next week
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Backup catcher Eli Whiteside threw long toss for the second straight day on Friday and is eyeing a return to game action early next week.
Whiteside has been battling inflammation in his right elbow, a condition that has limited him to just two at-bats this spring. But he said on Friday that the inflammation has gone down with treatment and that he expects to throw more this weekend before returning to the lineup by perhaps Wednesday, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
"It's just some inflammation," Whiteside said. "I've had problems in the past, like tendinitis, but it is what it is. I throw just as much as a pitcher does, so sometimes things get irritated and you have to deal with it."
Whiteside, 31, hit .238 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 56 games last season, serving as a backup to both Bengie Molina and Buster Posey. He's expected to serve as the backup to Posey again this season, though he's not taking his role for granted.
"I hope so, but nothing is set in stone yet," he said. "But hopefully we're there together and end up where we did last year."
Tejada excited about playing with Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran shortstop Miguel Tejada has something to tell Giants fans in case he doesn't wow them with big offensive numbers in Spring Training: Don't worry.
"I'm always a bad hitter in Spring Training," Tejada said with a smile. "What I do in Spring Training is work on things as hard as I can without looking at stats. I'm just working on my hitting and my fielding and getting into the shape I want to be."
But Tejada, 36, has actually fared well so far in his first Spring Training with the Giants, batting .286 with an RBI in five games after going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Giants' 7-2 win over the Brewers on Friday.
Tejada said he feels great and is excited about the prospect of helping the club defend its World Series title after a signing a one-year deal in November.
"I worked hard in the offseason to get this moment," he said. "One thing in my mind is to just keep working hard to be on the field every day."