Bichette will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks but won't require surgery on his fractured left hand, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Bichette sustained the broken hand during Triple-A Buffalo's game on Monday as he was hit by a fastball up and in. The highly touted prospect still could make his major-league debut at some point this season, but is now likely sidelined through the end of May.
Bichette broke the second metacarpal in his left hand Monday with Triple-A Buffalo, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
The highly-rated prospect had been expected to make his big-league debut at some point this season. That's still possible, though it's not yet clear how much time he's expected to miss. The Blue Jays haven't been quick to promote prospects and are unlikely to call Bichette up too quickly after he gets back on the field.
Bichette is believed to have suffered a broken left hand in his game Monday with Triple-A Buffalo after preliminary tests revealed a fracture, Robert Murray and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report.
Per Sportsnet.ca, Bichette was in considerable pain after taking an up-and-in fastball to the hand during his second at-bat in Monday's 7-3 loss to Syracuse. He'll undergo a second opinion on the injury, but if follow-up tests confirm the fracture, he'll likely be facing a multi-week absence at the very least. Bichette has slashed .250/.310/.404 with a home run and three steals through his first 14 games with Buffalo and had been expected to make his MLB debut at some point in 2019, but the injury could ultimately delay his timeline for arrival.
Bichette went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.
After a slow start, the 21-year-old is heating up at the plate, going 6-for-16 over the last four games, with Saturday's blast being his first homer of the year. Bichette's increased production has coincided with Vlad Guerrero Jr. joining the roster in Buffalo, and while the reunion of the top prospects may not last long, Bichette is likely to continue posting big numbers at Triple-A even after Guerrero has made his way to the majors.
Bichette was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Bichette flashed his upside in camp, slashing .417/.475/.833 with four homers, five RBI and two stolen bases in 18 games, but the youngster was always expected to open the season in the minors given his lack of experience above Double-A. Assuming the 21-year-old holds his own following his jump to the highest level of the minors, Bichette could make his major-league debut as early as this summer.
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