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June 28, 2020 01:12 PM
Matt Szczur: Released by Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur was released by the Phillies on Sunday, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports.

The 30-year-old signed with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee in December, but he registered only one official at-bat before the shutdown of spring training. Szczur was limited to 44 games in 2019 due to a quadriceps injury and had a .322/.390/.577 slash line at Triple-A Reno.

December 13, 2019 01:48 PM
Phillies' Matt Szczur: Heading to Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur agreed to a minor-league deal which includes an invitation to major-league spring training with the Phillies on Friday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports reports.

The South Jersey native (and two-sport Villanova star) has a resume that should get him a look as the fifth outfielder but little more than that, as he's hit .231/.312/.355 over parts of five seasons in the majors. He didn't appear in the big leagues at all last season, spending much of his season sidelined with a quadriceps injury and hitting .322/.390/.577 in 44 games for Triple-A Reno when healthy.

March 22, 2019 12:36 PM
Diamondbacks' Matt Szczur: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.

Szczur signed a minor-league deal with Arizona in December but did little to earn a roster spot this spring with a .205/.222/.295 slash line in 44 at-bats. The 29-year-old saw 84 plate appearances with the Padres last season and posted a lackluster .532 OPS with 24 strikeouts.

December 14, 2018 07:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Matt Szczur: Inks minor-league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday.

As a part of the deal, Szczur has received an invitation to big-league camp, and he's been assigned to Triple-A Reno. He appeared in 57 games for the Padres a season ago, posting a .187/.265/.267 slash line with six RBI and three stolen bases.

July 8, 2018 04:36 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Remains with organization
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A El Paso.

Szczur was designated for assignment last Sunday, but passed through waivers and will remain with the organization. With the four-man rotation of Wil Myers, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe and Travis Jankowski currently holding down the San Diego outfield, there was no reason to keep Szczur on the 40-man, especially after he hit just .187 through 57 games this season. He'll need to turn things around in the minors to have a chance at a September callup.

July 1, 2018 04:40 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Formally dropped from 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Padres designated Szczur for assignment Sunday.

With Wil Myers returning from the disabled list a little over a week earlier, Szczur became the fifth outfielder for San Diego and had seen limited action of late. The Padres decided Szczur's roster spot would be better used on a reserve infielder, so Carlos Asuaje was called up from Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move. Szczur will likely report to El Paso if he clears waivers within the next few days.

July 1, 2018 02:00 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Will be DFA'd Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur will be designated for assignment prior to Sunday's contest against the Pirates,'s AJ Cassavell reports.

With Wil Myers returning from the disabled list recently and several better-performing outfielders on the squad, Szczur will be removed from the Padres' major-league plans. The move will open a spot on the 25-man roster for infielder Carlos Asuaje, who will be called up prior to Sunday's contest. Szczur slashed .187/.265/.267 in 84 plate appearances as a reserve outfielder this season. The Padres will have seven days from when the transaction officially takes place to either trade, release or place him on irrevocable waivers.

May 2, 2018 07:40 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Hits first homer Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur went 1-for-2 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Giants.

Getting a start in right field and hitting seventh, the 28-year-old connected on his first homer of the season. Even with Jose Pirela seeing more time at second base and Wil Myers (oblique) and Hunter Renfroe (elbow) sidelined, Szczur hasn't been able to work his way into consistent at-bats, and his lackluster .250/.294/.375 slash line is a big reason why.

April 23, 2018 10:40 AM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Showing lack of power
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur went 0-for-3 in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Szczur is slashing .250/.286/.250 through 20 at-bats and has yet to record an RBI in 2018. He'll have to impress his manager if he wants to see more opportunities at the plate, as he's currently in a bench role. Szczur figures to see the field mainly when one of San Diego's starting outfielders needs a day off.

March 28, 2018 02:52 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur has been informed that he will break camp with the team, AJ Cassavell of reports.

Szczur will be utilized as a reserve outfielder for the Padres heading into Opening Day, while Travis Jankowski goes back down to Triple-A El Paso to start the season. During 119 games between San Diego and the Cubs last season, Szczur slashed .226/.350/.354 with three home runs and 18 RBI.

March 9, 2018 02:52 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Returns to lineup Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur (oblique) will play right field and bat ninth in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Szczur was finally able to make his spring debut earlier this week and will now earn his first Cactus League start during Friday's contest. The outfielder is aiming for a spot on the major-league roster and will need a couple solid, pain-free weeks in order to show the Padres that he can be dependable in a part-time role.

March 6, 2018 01:12 AM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Nearing return to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur (oblique) could appear in his first spring training game Tuesday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Szczur has failed to take the field so far this spring because of an oblique injury. The Padres are easing him along in an attempt to allow the 28-year-old outfielder to fully heal. Szczur is currently out of minor-league options and is looking to make the Opening Day roster by nabbing a backup role. He slashed .226/.350/.354 in 195 at-bats last season.

February 24, 2018 07:44 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Battling oblique issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur is dealing with an oblique injury and remains sidelined from any Cactus League outings, AJ Cassavell of reports.

The club is taking it slowly with Szczur in order to prevent any sort of setback. There doesn't seem to be a timetable for his return at the moment, but it appears likely that he will be back on the field in the near future. Expect an update on his status early next week.

January 12, 2018 04:24 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Avoids arbitration with Padres
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur agreed to a one-year deal with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the contract were not made available by the team. This was his first offseason as an arbitration-eligible player. The 28-year-old outfielder hit .226/.350/.354 with three home runs and zero steals in 237 plate appearances. While his approach is solid, his defensive decline and the fact that he no longer appears to be a threat on the bases will make it difficult for him to make the roster as anything other than a fourth or fifth outfielder this season.

September 8, 2017 06:00 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Sitting out Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur is out of the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks.

For the second straight day, Szczur is out of the Padres' starting lineup. With Szczur sitting out, Jabari Blash will patrol right field Friday when San Diego faces Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks.

September 7, 2017 04:44 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Not in Thursday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur is out of the lineup against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Szczur retreats to the bench following two straight starts, including an 0-for-3 day at the plate during Wednesday's loss. In his place, Jose Pirela will slide over to right and Cory Spangenberg draws the start in left.

September 7, 2017 01:37 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Collects two hits Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur started in right field and went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis.

The 28-year-old has started three of the Padres' last four contests, going 5-for-12 with a pair of doubles over that span. Szczur appears to have wrestled the starting right field gig from Jabari Blash for the time being, but his disappointing .231/.351/.367 slash line in 205 plate appearances this season keeps him out of the conversation in standard formats.

August 27, 2017 11:48 AM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Draws start in leadoff role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur will lead off and play center field Sunday against the Marlins.

He'll assume Manuel Margot's spot in the field and the lineup with Padres manager Andy Green electing to rest the club's primary center fielder following 15 consecutive starts. While the appointment at the top of the order gives Szczur a little more intrigue in daily contests, the 28-year-old doesn't offer much in the way of power or speed, which limits his overall upside.

August 22, 2017 05:00 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Reinstated from family leave list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur was reinstated from the family leave list Tuesday.

Szczur is back with the Padres after missing three games while on family leave. He'll look to snap out of his 0-for-18 slump as he resumes his role as the Padres' fourth outfielder. Kyle McGrath was sent to the minors to clear room for his return.

August 17, 2017 07:04 PM
Padres' Matt Szczur: Placed on family leave
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Szczur will miss some time after being placed on family leave prior to Thursday's contest.

Szczur could wind up missing anywhere from one-to-three games while he's away from the team. In a corresponding move, the Padres recalled left-hander Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso. The outfielder has been in a bit of a slump lately, going hitless over his last 18 at-bats.

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