Joe cleared waivers and was returned to the Dodgers' organization Saturday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Joe was given 15 at-bats before the Giants made up their mind not to keep him around. He managed just a single hit. Joe played 49 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, hitting .294/.385/.494.
Joe was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday. Joe failed to capitalize on his limited opportunities this season, managing just a single hit in 15 at-bats. As a Rule 5 pick, he'll have to be offered back to the Dodgers if he clears waivers. The move makes room on the roster for Tyler Austin, acquired in a trade from the Twins on Monday.
Joe is starting Friday's game against San Diego, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. As expected, Joe will draw another start in left field with the Giants set to face another lefty. He went 0-for-1 but reached base on a walk during Thursday's season opener.
Joe started and went 0-for-1 with a walk in Thursday's Opening Day loss to San Diego. Joe got the nod in left field against a southpaw, but was lifted for Gerardo Parra once the Padres went to a right-handed reliever. This deployment signals a platoon situation for the rookie and his veteran counterpart. That said, the Giants are slated to face two more lefties Friday and Saturday, so Joe could find his name in the starting lineup for both contests.
Joe will be present on San Francisco's Opening Day roster, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Joe was acquired by the Giants from the Reds last week but managed to make enough of an impression to grab a spot on the 25-man roster. The 26-year-old provides unique versatility, as he should serve as the No. 3 catcher behind Buster Posey and Erik Kratz, and can also play both corner infield and outfield spots. It remains unclear how much playing time awaits Joe, but he'll get his first taste of the majors after slashing .299/.408/.527 between Double-A and Triple-A last season.