SF Giants trade for new catcher, send catcher Joey Bart back to the minors

Joey Bart is headed back to the minor leagues.

The struggling rookie catcher was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following the Giants’ 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. Aside from optioning Bart, the Giants also announced they completed a trade to acquire a new catcher Wednesday, adding Austin Wynns in a deal with the Phillies that sent minor league pitcher Michael Plassmeyer to Philadelphia.

With Bart hitting just .156 and his OPS dropping down to .596 following an 0-for-3 performance on Tuesday, the Giants elected to send him to the minors to work on his swing.

It’s unclear if Wynns will join the major league roster or if the Giants will call up recently acquired catcher Michael Papierski to play behind Curt Casali, who is now poised to make the majority of starts behind the plate.

Contributed by local news sources

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