Catching depth tested again as Tromp hits IL
Chadwick Tromp fulfilled a dream in 2020 when making his majorleague debut and playing a part in the Giants’ playoff push, but he’ll be shelved the rest of the regular season with a strained right shoulder.
Tromp was placed on the
10day injured list Tuesday, and the Giants called up Tyler
Heineman from the team’s alternate site in Sacramento as the second catcher behind Joey Bart.
Tromp, who was Johnny Cueto’s personal catcher and a power threat at the plate, was injured Sunday when diving back to first base on a pickoff
attempt. He immediately felt a problem in the shoulder but remained in the game.
Initially listed in Monday’s lineup, Tromp was scratched and replaced by Bart, who has had a rough time catching Cueto. The Giants lost 72, and Cueto gave up all of Colorado’s runs.
MRI exam results Tuesday showed Tromp’s muscle strain.
The Giants’ catching depth had been tested already, with
Buster Posey opting out of the season. Heineman and
Rob Brantly began the season as the Giants’ catchers, but
Tromp quickly replaced Brantly and has been the backup until now. He was hitting .213. Yaz could play Wednesday: Mike Yastrzemski, who missed his fifth straight game with a calf strain, could be available to come off the bench and play Wednesday, manager
Gabe Kapler said after Tuesday’s game.
“I’m not saying for sure. That’s at least a possibility,” said Kapler, adding Yastrzemski had a good workout Tuesday, including running on a treadmill, and continued to hit in the cage.
Before Wednesday’s game, Yastrzemski will do agility work and outfield work.
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