Mateo signed a one-year contract extension with the Hanshin Tigers, the Japan Times reports. Mateo had 20 saves last year for Hashin with a 1.80 ERA and 9.2 K/9. It seems unlikely he'll return to MLB as he'll be 32 next season. He last pitched in MLB for the Padres in 2015.
Mateo was granted his release from the Padres on Thursday as he intends to pitch in the Japanese Central League in 2016. Mateo made 51 total appearances in 2015 with the Padres and their Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, most notably working a 4.00 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 27.0 innings in the big leagues. With his release, the padres were able to add Ryan Buchter to the 40-man roster.
The Padres made a couple of roster moves on Tuesday. Right-handed reliever Marcos Mateo was activated from the disabled list. Mateo landed on the DL back on Aug. 8 due to a neck strain. Additionally, the Padres recalled right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso. This will be Vincent's fourth stint with the Padres this season, though he hasn't been up with the club since the end of June.
A neck strain has landed Padres reliever Marcos Mateo on the 15-day disabled list. The team has recalled left-hander Frank Garces from Triple-A El Paso to take his place. Mateo allowed three runs on four hits in one inning in his last appearance. His ERA has risen from 3.27 to 5.19 over the last six games in which he pitched.
The Padres have selected relief pitcher Marcos Mateo from Triple-A El Paso to join the major league ball club, the team announced on Wednesday. Mateo has appeared in 44 major league games over his career. He signed a minor-league contract with the Padres in January. Mateo has a 5.04 ERA in 44 2/3 major league innings throughout his career.