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.