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When will Joey Bart return to Giants lineup this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Joey Bart and when he’ll return in 2023.

Catcher Joey Bart #21 of the San Francisco Giants looks on during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on October 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants have added catcher Joey Bart to the 10-day IL. He was scratched from the lineup ahead of the team’s second game. There was optimism it was just soreness, but he was officially added to the IL on Sunday, April 2, retroactive to March 31. While Bart has been sidelined, Roberto Perez has served as the primary catcher.

Joey Bart injury update

April 10 update — Bart began a rehab assignment in Triple-A Sacramento over the weekend, and reports on his back seem to be positive. With Perez having recently landed on the 60-day IL, the path is wide open for the former top prospect to earn playing time in San Francisco.

April 4 update — Bart was diagnosed with a mid-back strain, so his return is largely dependent on personal feel. It likely won’t take long for Bart to get back up to game speed, but there is a high chance to re-aggravate the injury if he returns too soon. The 26-year-old played in 97 games last season. He hit .215 with six doubles, 11 home runs and 25 RBI. Bart struggled to adjust to pitching and struck out 112 times. When he is healthy, however, Bart should resume being the starting catcher for the Giants or, at worst, being in a matchup platoon with Perez.