Mateo made his first career start in center field Thursday and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Mateo had logged time in both right field and left field as well as at second base prior to Thursday, and he added center field to the list against the Angels as San Diego elected to give Trent Grisham a breather. Mateo hadn't started a game since Aug. 28, so his versatility may be his primary contribution as he looks to stick on the active roster in spite of a .188 season average.
Mateo is expected to log time in both the infield and outfield, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Mateo was added to the active roster Thursday and made his big-league debut that night against the Dodgers, starting in left field and going 0-for-3 in his major-league debut. The appearance was his first in left field as a professional, as the 25-year-old's outfield experience was previously limited to 29 minor-league games in center field in 2017. Padres manager Jayce Tingler made it clear that the club envisions Mateo as a versatile defender, stating, "That's why we got him, hopefully to bring some of that athleticism, some of that speed and move him around the field. I'm sure he's going to play a lot of roles going forward."
Mateo (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday. A positive COVID-19 test in summer camp forced Mateo to open the season on the shelf, but he's been cleared to return ahead of Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers. It remains to be seen how the Padres plan to use Mateo out of the gates, but he could push Jurickson Profar -- who is hitting just .173 on the season -- for at-bats.
Mateo (COVID-19) was added to the Padres' taxi squad Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Mateo was expected to be part of the big-league roster when San Diego acquired him in late June, but he tested positive for COVID-19 early in summer camp and had been working his way back into shape at the team's alternate training site since late July. As part of the taxi squad, Mateo is working out with the Padres during their road visit to Los Angeles, but he cannot participate in games unless he is first moved to the active roster. It remains to be seen when -- or if -- San Diego plans to work Mateo into its infield mix.
Mateo (illness) is impressing at the Padres' alternate training site and could be moved to the big-league club soon, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Mateo missed most of summer camp after testing positive for COVID-19, but he has been working out at the team's alternate site and appears close to a promotion to the big-league roster. It is unclear how much playing time Mateo would receive out the gate with Jurickson Profar, Greg Garcia and Jake Cronenworth all vying for time at second base. To make matters more complicated, MLB rosters are sent to be reduced from 30 to 28 on Thursday.
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