Heineman was recalled from the alternate training site Tuesday. The 29-year-old will rejoin the Giants for the closing stretch of the season with the placement of Chadwick Tromp (shoulder) on the injured list. Heineman will serve as the team's secondary catcher behind rookie Joey Bart.
Heineman was optioned to San Francisco's alternate camp site Thursday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Heineman's move to the team's satellite camp corresponds with top prospect Joey Bart's move to the majors. The backstop appeared in 13 games during his time with the Giants and hit .195 with a 4:6 BB:K.
Heineman is not in the lineup Friday against the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Heineman started four of the Giants' first five games behind the plate, but he's since started just four of the team's last 10 contests. Chadwick Tromp remains the starting backstop Friday.
Heineman is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies. Heineman operated as the Giants' clear No. 1 catcher during the July portion of the team's schedule, but he's settled into more a timeshare behind the plate since Chadwick Tromp replaced Rob Brantly as the other backstop on the active roster. Tromp has offered more fantasy-friendly numbers thus far than Heineman, who is slashing .222/.323/.259 with one-extra base through 31 plate appearances.
Heineman isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rockies. Heineman had alternated starts with Chadwick Tromp at catcher over the past few days. However, Tromp will start behind the dish for the second consecutive game Monday, batting eighth.
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