Gi­ants prospect Bart out with an­other sig­nif­i­cant in­jury af­ter hit by pitch

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Kerry Crow­ley, Mer­cury News

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Top Gi­ants prospect Joey Bart frac­tured his right thumb on Tues­day night while play­ing in an Ari­zona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scor­pi­ons.

The No. 1 prospect in the Gi­ants’ farm sys­tem and No. 2 over­all draft pick in 2018 was hit in the right hand by a fast­ball thrown by Pi­rates prospect Blake Ced­er­lind in Tues­day’s game and is likely to miss the rest of the Fall League sched­ule due to the in­jury.

Bart is ex­pected to see Gi­ants’ team spe­cial­ist Dr. Don­ald Sheri­dan in Scottsdale on Wed­nes­day.

The in­jury is the sec­ond Bart has dealt with this year as he also missed six weeks dur­ing his time with High-A San Jose due to a frac­tured sec­ond metacarpal in his left hand that was also the re­sult of a hit by pitch.

Bart was re­cently named to the Ari­zona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game, but will not have the chance to play in a show­case of the league’s top prospects. The Georgia Tech prod­uct was 10-for-30 with four home runs and a 1.290 OPS, which led all play­ers with at least five at-bats.

Bart’s lat­est hand in­jury is his third in the last four years as he also missed the fi­nal 11 games of his sopho­more season at Georgia Tech in 2017 due to a bro­ken thumb. It’s un­clear whether it was a right or left thumb in­jury that Bart dealt with in col­lege, but the power-hit­ting catcher hasn’t had an easy time stay­ing healthy.

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