Mejia is trying out a new stance behind the plate in an effort to improve defensively, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. In the adjusted stance, Mejia kneels rather than squats. The Padres hope the change will enable Mejia to better frame and block pitches as he ranked among the worst backstops in baseball in multiple defensive metrics last season. In spite of his offensive potential, the team has not committed to making Mejia their unchallenged starter at catcher thanks largely to his poor glovework and the exceptional defense of fellow backstop Austin Hedges. The pair figure to fall into some sort of timeshare this season, but if Mejia can show adequate progress behind the plate, he could lock up the lion's share of playing time before long.
Mejia is not starting Saturday against Arizona. The Padres don't appear to have a true starting catcher at the moment. Mejia and Luis Torrens have each started three of the last 10 games behind the plate, while Saturday's starter Austin Hedges had started four times in that stretch.
Mejia isn't in the starting lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks. Mejia is in line for another day off, giving Luis Torrens a chance to start behind the dish. Torrens will bat seventh in Friday's series opener.
Mejia is not in the lineup Thursday against the Dodgers. Mejia has appeared in five games (three starts) since returning from an oblique injury, going 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and two RBI. Austin Hedges is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth in this one.
Mejia is not starting Tuesday against the Dodgers. Mejia returned from an oblique injury last Tuesday but has started just two games since then. Luis Torrens gets the nod behind the plate on this occasion.
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