SF Giants’ Joey Bart nearing return from ankle injury

SF Giants’ Joey Bart nearing return from ankle injury

By Evan Webeck

SAN FRANCISCO — Joey Bart took another step Saturday in his recovery from a sprained ankle when he ran the bases, hit in the batting cage and received pitches behind home plate.

After nearly a week of being available in emergencies only, Bart was expected to be an option off the bench Saturday against the Pirates and could possibly reassume starting duties as soon as Sunday, manager Gabe Kapler said.

Bart went through all of his pregame work with his right ankle tightly taped.

The 25-year-old catcher hasn’t appeared in a game since he sprained his ankle on a swing in his final at-bat Monday night against Padres closer Josh Hader. On the swing, Bart said he felt his ankle “pop.”

“It was pretty scary to be honest with you,” Bart said, speaking about the injury for the first time. “I fouled a pitch off and … I stepped out of the box and was shaking my foot around like what just happened?”

Bart said he had never experienced an ankle injury before. He initially underwent an MRI but needed an additional X-ray scan to diagnose the injury.

“Luckily it’s a sprain. … I caught a break,” Bart said. “Obviously it’s not ideal to be a catcher and have something like this happen, but it could’ve been a lot worse, so I’m going to take my win for that.”

While Bart stayed in the game Monday to catch the final three outs, backup Austin Wynns has spent every inning of the following four games behind the dish, an effort Kapler described as “very tough.”

“I think he’s done a great job,” Kapler said. “Real grindy at-bats. Nice job calling pitches the last couple of days. … He’s really helped us in this period where Joey hasn’t been physically capable of going out there everyday.”

Before suffering the injury Monday, Bart extended his hit streak to a season-best five games, including three multi-hit efforts.

Source: Paradise Post

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