Bethancourt came into action in left field after Alex Dickerson left Friday's loss in the first inning. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Padres suddenly found themselves short-handed in the outfield. Melvin Upton Jr. was traded earlier in the week, and their position player pool was further shortened by Yangervis Solarte's medical leave.
Bethancourt went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored during Sunday's win over the Giants. Bethancourt got the start as Derek Norris took a seat, and he desposited a Johnny Cueto fastball into the seats in left to give the Padres a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Bethancourt quietly sports a .457 slugging percentage and five homers in just 105 at-bats this season, and he could carve out some fantasy value for himself is Norris is traded before the approaching deadline.
Bethancourt went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Monday's Memorial Day loss to the Mariners. Bethancourt was getting the start on Monday at the DH spot on the road in Seattle. The catcher never found his fit in Atlanta despite being a top prospect, but has comported himself well in his first season in San Diego. The 24-year-old is batting .267 with four home runs and 11 RBI in part-time duty this season.
Bethancourt hit two-run home run as a pinch hitter in Friday's win over the Dodgers. Bethancourt was originally penciled in the lineup to play right field, but was later scratched as the Padres changed their mind about giving him his first playing time in the outfield. The pinch-hit home run shows the change wasn't due to a health concern. His strong start to the season (.874 OPS) has the Padres considering creative ways to get him in the lineup.
Bethancourt is a late scratch from Friday's lineup in a matchup with the Dodgers, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It was originally surprising that Bethancourt was given the nod in right field considering he had never started anywhere other than behind the plate in his career. However, the Padres have decided to scratch that plan at the last minute and go with Jose Pirela in right.