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Joey Bart injury: Bruce Bochy reacts to Giants' top prospect fracturing hand

Joey Bart injury: Bruce Bochy reacts to Giants' top prospect fracturing hand

WASHINGTON D.C. — The best Giants prospect in years has had a setback in his first full professional season.

Catcher Joey Bart suffered a fractured second metacarpal on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Monday night in San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Bart will be in a cast for two weeks and likely will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Bart, the top catching prospect in the minors, is off to a hot start in San Jose, posting a .882 OPS through 10 games. He has two homers and eight RBIs and has impressed with his defense behind the plate.

“He was playing well,” Bochy said. “He’ll be back. You hate to see it, though. He’s going to miss some time and it’s a minor setback. You just hate to see it for the kid. He had a great spring and was off to a great start.”

Bart isn’t expected to return to action until late May or June, which will slow what looked to be a meteoric rise through the minors. There was a decent chance he would have been promoted to Double-A by then, and a September call-up was in play after Bart’s impressive spring. Bochy wouldn’t close the door on that possibility.

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“There’s a lot of baseball left,” he said. “He’ll have a lot of baseball left to be played.”

Giants top prospect Joey Bart fractures left hand, out 4-to-6 weeks

Giants top prospect Joey Bart fractures left hand, out 4-to-6 weeks

WASHINGTON D.C. — Giants top prospect Joey Bart fractured his left hand on Monday night in San Jose, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Tuesday.

Bart was hit by a pitch Monday night and left the San Jose Giants’ game against the Stockton Ports for X-rays. Ironically, the pitch that hit Bart actually was ruled a foul ball.

Bart attempted to stay in before exiting Monday’s game in the fourth inning. San Jose announcer Joe Ritzo tweeted that the catcher was “in obvious pain.”

[RELATED: Giants top prospect Bart removed from game after being hit by pitch]

Bart, last year’s first-round draft pick, is off to a strong start in his first full professional season. He has a .882 OPS, two homers and eight RBI in 10 games.

Joey Bart removed from San Jose Giants game after being hit by pitch

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Joey Bart removed from San Jose Giants game after being hit by pitch

Joey Bart has given Giants fans plenty of reasons to be excited about the future, but on Monday, he gave them a reason to hold their collective breath.

The catcher, who has been on a tear for the High-A San Jose Giants, was removed from a game against the Stockton Ports in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch.

According to San Jose play-by-play broadcaster Joe Ritzo, it appeared to cause Bart significant pain.

Bart entered Monday with a .250/.325/.528 slash line, two home runs and eight RBI, and that caught the attention of the big-league club.

"You can't help but notice," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bart last week. "I get reports. He's really playing great baseball.

"I talked to [San Jose manager] Billy Hayes yesterday, and he said he's playing great on both sides. He's swinging the bat well, but catching is where he's really shining. We've got a good one here, and he's doing what he should be doing."

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Fingers crossed that Bart avoided anything serious.