Kivlehan was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Monday. Kivlehan will head back to the minors after both Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo were cleared to return from the COVID-19 injured list. He went 1-for-4 with two RBI and two walks during his time with the big club (five games).
The Padres selected Kivlehan's contract from Triple-A El Paso ahead of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Rockies. The 31-year-old journeyman will return to the big leagues for the first time since 2018 in the aftermath of the Padres placing five position players on the COVID-19 injured list for the past two days. Two of the players that were moved to the IL were a pair of utility options in Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo, so Kivlehan will likely be tasked with replacing them. Kivlehan has experience at all three outfield spots as well as first and third base.
The Padres reassigned Kivlehan to minor-league camp Wednesday. Kivlehan was one of five non-roster invitees with prior MLB experience that was among the latest wave of cuts from Padres camp. He previously appeared in 132 games with the Padres, Reds and Diamondbacks from 2016 through 2018, posting a .208/.302/.401 slash line over 242 lifetime plate appearances. The 31-year-old outfielder will likely report to Triple-A El Paso.
Kivlehan signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Sunday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The 31-year-old spent the start of the 2020 season at the Blue Jays' alternate training site, but he was released in mid-August without seeing game action. Kivlehan last appeared in the majors with Arizona in 2018 and went 3-for-13 with two triples and six strikeouts in nine games.
Kivlehan was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. The 30-year-old signed as a non-roster invitee in December and was added to the 60-player pool for summer camp, but he was unable to maintain his spot with the team. Kivlehan had a .255/.339/.532 slash line with 32 homers in 125 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season.