SAN FRANCISCO -- The knowledge that prompted Brandon Belt's hitting surge should continue to serve him well even through adverse times, said Will Clark, one of Belt's most esteemed Giants predecessors at first base.
Clark, a Giants community ambassador who occasionally works with current players, said Monday that he chatted with Belt in the batting cage and came away impressed with his aptitude. Belt, who entered the series opener against Boston leading the National League in August with a .776 slugging percentage, improved dramatically after he changed his hitting grip and began standing deeper in the batter's box.
"One thing we talked about was that now that you've had success making an adjustment, if you ever scuffle in the future -- and you are going to scuffle in the future; that's just the way this game works -- you can make an adjustment quicker and trust that it's going to pay off for you," Clark said.
Clark praised the Giants' hitting coaches for helping Belt tap into his potential.
"I feel good for Bam-Bam [Hensley Meulens] and Joe Lefebvre," said Clark, a six-time All-Star. "They've been working with him every day and he finally bought into their program and it's paid off for him."
Romo gratified to record 30-save milestone
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sergio Romo relished becoming the sixth Giant to reach the 30-save level, which remains the baseline for excellence and consistency among closers.
"For me, it's an unbelievable number," said Romo, who recorded No. 30 last Saturday at Miami. "It's something I'm very proud to say I've accomplished. I've been able to reward my teammates that many times and it's very gratifying. I don't feel that I'm done there. I feel my team is going to put me in position to possibly get more, and I'm ready for those opportunities."
In his first year as the team's full-time closer, Romo joined Rod Beck, Greg Minton, Robb Nen, Brian Wilson and Tim Worrell in the Giants' 30-save club. Remarking that he has learned from Nen, who formerly tutored Giants relievers during Spring Training, and Wilson, an ex-teammate, Romo said, "I'm part of them now."
Skeptics doubted that Romo, who weathered occasional injuries in previous seasons, would be able to handle the physical demands of closing.
"I think if anybody doubted that I would last this long -- here you go," Romo said. "This is something all my teammates have urged and pushed me to achieve. They've backed me."
Affeldt to test groin strain off mound soon
SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that left-hander Jeremy Affeldt might try throwing off a bullpen mound in two or three days, which would reflect progress in the reliever's recovery from a strained left groin muscle.
Affeldt, who last pitched July 20, is currently able to play catch at a 90-foot distance.
"I don't know if I'm strong yet, but the ball's coming out really well," Affeldt said.
Infielder Tony Abreu, who had been on a Minor League injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno, returned to AT&T Park to have a groin injury examined, Bochy said. Abreu, who hasn't played since Saturday, is batting .455 (5-for-11) on his rehab stint.
Bochy had no update on center fielder Angel Pagan, who's recovering from left hamstring surgery and remains expected to advance from the Rookie-level Arizona League to Fresno later this week.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.