SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants sustained another injury blow on Tuesday, placing backup catcher Chadwick Tromp on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder.
Tyler Heineman was recalled from the alternate training site in Sacramento to replace Tromp on the 28-man roster. Heineman will likely serve as the Giants’ backup for the remainder of the regular season behind Joey Bart, who started behind the plate against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Tromp, 25, injured his shoulder on a dive back to first base in a 14-2 win over the A’s on Sunday. The Aruba native had emerged as Johnny Cueto’s personal catcher this year and showed surprising pop from the right side, batting .213 with four home runs over 24 games in his rookie campaign with the Giants.
Tromp was slated to catch Cueto on Monday, but he was a late scratch after he had trouble getting his arm loose prior to the game. Tromp subsequently underwent an MRI that revealed the muscle strain in his right shoulder, which was surgically repaired in 2018.
Signed to a Minor League deal over the offseason, Tromp received an opportunity to compete for a catching job after Buster Posey announced in July that he would not play in the 2020 campaign. Tromp opened eyes with his bat speed and his power, though he was left off the Giants’ Opening Day roster due to a bout of hamstring tightness.
Heineman and Rob Brantly opened the year as the Giants’ catchers, but Tromp quickly supplanted Brantly as the backup once he was healthy. Kapler didn’t rule out the possibility that Tromp could return to play in the postseason, but the Giants will have to get there first. They entered Tuesday a half-game behind the Phillies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National League with seven games left to play.
Dickerson had been sent for X-rays, which came back negative.
“I feel a lot better today,” Dickerson said before the game. “It was really, really sore and tight last night. Today it's more just sore. A little bit of a range issue, but treatment’s been going really well already. ... I think I'll just kind of play through some soreness here for a day or two, and it'll be alright.”
• Kapler said Mike Yastrzemski did some “light, assisted running” on the treadmill on Tuesday and is “trending in the right direction,” spurring optimism that the 30-year-old outfielder may be able to return to the Giants before the end of the regular season.
Yastrzemski, who has been out since Thursday with a strained right calf, has also been playing catch and taking some swings off a tee.