Mathisen was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Rays on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Mathisen was designated for assignment by Arizona on Wednesday, but he'll find another spot on a 40-man roster going forward. He'll report to Triple-A Durham but could return to the majors at some point.
Mathisen was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was optioned to the minors last week and has now been removed from the 40-man roster. Mathisen had a .119/.255/.190 slash line in 51 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks.
Mathisen was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday.
The 27-year-old earned a spot on the Opening Day roster and struggled in 23 games with a .119/.255/.190 slash line in 51 plate appearances. Mathisen won't report to Triple-A and will remain with the Diamondbacks on the taxi squad, so he could rejoin the active roster if the team needs another bat. Merrill Kelly (COVID-19 protocols) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Mathisen went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday in a loss to San Diego.
Mathisen staked Arizona to an early 2-0 lead with a 429-foot solo shot in the fourth inning. That proved to be his only hit in a contest that the Padres ultimately won in a rout. The homer was a rare highlight at the plate this season for Mathisen, who is slashing a meek .143/.295/.229 overall.
Mathisen started at first base and went 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 11-6 win over Washington.
Mathisen slotted in at first base for the second consecutive game, replacing the injured Christian Walker (oblique), with both starts coming against left-handers. He's expected to fill in at first base against southpaws until Walker is ready to go. Mathisen's been primarily a pinch hitter prior to his first base fill-in role and is 2-for-13 with four walks, two RBI and a run scored through 10 games.
Mathisen started at first base and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Athletics.
The righty-hitting Mathisen was the second player to slot in at first base since the Diamondbacks placed Christian Walker (oblique) on the injured list. He faced left-hander Jesus Luzardo. The switch-hitting Asdrubal Cabrera got the nod Monday against a righty, but he's also getting starts at second and third base. The lefty-hitting Pavin Smith should also fill in when a right-hander is the mound. Mathisen has made a couple of starts this season and is 1-for-11 (.091) with two walks and six strikeouts.
Mathisen started in left field Friday and went 0-for-2 in a 4-2 loss to the Padres.
Manager Torey Lovullo opted to sit primary left-fielder David Peralta against a tough lefty in Blake Snell, but once Snell was replaced by a right-handed reliever, Craig Stammen, Peralta pinch-hit for Mathisen and stayed in the game in left field.
Mathisen started at first base and went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI in Monday's spring game against San Francisco.
The Diamondbacks are evaluating several infielders for a utility role in 2021, with Mathisen getting plenty of at-bats as part of that process. He's made an appearance in each of the last eight Cactus League games, going 5-for-14 with three walks, five RBI and two runs scored. Matheson has served at designated hitter (one game), first base (five) and third base (three). Josh Rojas (7-for-20, 3 HR), Josh VanMeter (2-for-17) and Andrew Young (1-for-12) are in the utility mix as well.
Mathisen went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a two-run shot in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Rangers.
After opening his MLB career in a 2-for-19 rut, Mathisen found the bleachers twice on Wednesday. He will look to improve on his .182/.280/.455 slash line over the season's final games.
Mathisen went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's 7-3 loss to Seattle.
Mathisen started at third base for the third time in the last four games, all against left-handed starters. Eduardo Escobar shifted to designated hitter Saturday but has also played second base during Mathisen's stretch of playing time. With second baseman Ketel Marte (wrist) sidelined and no defined DH, manager Torey Lovullo can move pieces in and out pending the handedness of the opponent's starter.
Mathisen started at third base and went 0-for-4 in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Giants.
Mathisen was called up Monday, but at age 26, he's not considered a prospect. He replaced a resting Eduardo Escobar but will play a backup infield role going forward.
Mathisen was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Mathisen provides depth across the infield as he played at first, second and third base at Triple-A Reno during the 2019 season. He also managed a 1.004 OPS in 87 games in the friendly hitting environment.
Mathisen will be part of the Diamondbacks' taxi squad, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
The three-man taxi squad is made up of players not on the active roster that will accompany teams on road trips, providing immediate replacements for an injured or COVID-19 infected player. Mathisen can fill in at all three infield base positions. The 26-year-old hit .283 with 23 homers and a 1.004 OPS in 87 games with Triple-A Reno last season.
Mathisen was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Monday.
Mathisen's contract was selected in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, but it was unlikely that he'd be able to make the major-league squad to begin the season despite working in major-league camp. The 26-year-old has been effective this spring, hitting .429/.500/.786 with one home run and five RBI over 14 at-bats in the Cactus League.
Mathisen's contract was selected by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
The move protects Mathisen from the Rule 5 draft. The 25-year-old doesn't come with a ton of prospect pedigree, but he managed a strong .283/.403/.601 slash line in 87 games for Triple-A Reno last season.
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