Bichette won't need hand surgery; out 4-6 weeks

April 26th, 2019

On the same day Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his Major League debut in Toronto, the franchise received more good news:’s Gregor Chisholm reported that Bo Bichette will not require surgery for his fractured left hand.

Bichette is the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect and MLB’s 10th-ranked prospect overall, per MLB Pipeline. He sustained the fracture Monday with Triple-A Buffalo when he was hit by a pitch, and the original timeline for his return was set at six to eight weeks. Per Friday’s news, Bichette’s timeline has been reduced to four to six weeks, meaning he’ll likely be sidelined at least through the end of May.

"With Bo, there’s no surgery that will be needed," Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. "His time frame is in the 4-to-6 weeks period. We’re very hopeful that he pushes that envelope for us."

Bichette, the son of former Major League outfielder Dante Bichette, began this season slashing .250/.310/.404 with a home run and eight RBIs over his first 14 games of Triple-A action. He finished last year with a .796 OPS and 11 home runs over 131 games with Double-A New Hampshire.