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.
"There's a lot of baseball left," he said. "He'll have a lot of baseball left to be played."