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.
Mejia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Austin Hedges will step in behind the dish for the day game after Mejia started at catcher in Saturday's 4-2 loss. Mejia has gone 2-for-7 with a walk in two games since returning from the injured list Sept. 17.
Mejia isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Mejia will take a seat following a scheduled off day Thursday. Luis Torrens is set to handle the catching duties and bat eighth.
Mejia is not in Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.
He returned to action Wednesday after missing almost three weeks with an oblique injury and went 2-for-4 with a strikeout. Austin Hedges will catch and hit eighth.
Mejia is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.
Mejia has not started a game since August 27 because of an oblique injury, but he is finally ready to get back behind the plate. He will hit sixth Wednesday against Brewers starter Adrian Houser.
Mejia (oblique) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Mejia found himself on the injured list at the end of August after suffering a right oblique strain, though he managed to return in just over two weeks. Despite Mejia's activation, Austin Hedges gets the call behind the dish and will bat eighth Tuesday.
Mejia (oblique) could rejoin the Padres as early as Monday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Mejia began taking batting practice last week and has since moved on to game action in the instructional league in Arizona. The Padres will head to Milwaukee for a four-game series beginning Monday, during which Mejia could rejoin the team. He has been on the 10-day IL since Aug. 30 while nursing a strained right oblique.
Mejia (oblique) took batting practice Monday and could return next week, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Mejia swung the bat for the first time since suffering a right oblique strain Aug. 28. Manager Andy Green indicated that Mejia would take batting practice for a few more days before potentially playing in the instructional league. If all goes well, the 23-year-old could return to the Padres next week.
Mejia (oblique) played catch up to 90 feet and participated in defensive and agility drills Wednesday, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports.
Manager Andy Green indicated that Mejia is still on track for a return this year as long as he continues to progress. The 23-year-old was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain Aug. 30. He is hitting .263 with eight homers in 205 at-bats this season.
Mejia was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a right oblique strain.
Mejia had been held out of the lineup for three straight days, and the team revealed Friday that he suffered an oblique injury. Austin Allen was recalled in a corresponding move.
Mejia isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against San Francisco.
There's been no word of an injury for Mejia, but this marks his third consecutive day on the bench. Austin Hedges will handle the catching duties and bat eighth.
Mejia is not in the lineup Thursday against the Giants.
Mejia will sit for a second straight game as Austin Hedges picks up another start behind the dish in his stead. Since the start of August, the backstop is slashing a healthy .348/.394/.606 with four home runs across 22 games.
Mejia is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Mejia will give way to Austin Hedges behind the dish for Wednesday's series finale after starting the previous two games. Since the start of August, the 23-year-old backstop is hitting .338 with four home runs and a .970 OPS.
Mejia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.
Mejia drove a ball 380 feet over the wall in right center field for San Diego's only long ball of the game. The 23-year-old continues to wield a hot bat in August and is now slashing .404/.436/.712 with four homers this month. He has started six of the last seven games -- including a stint in left field Tuesday -- and has risen to the fifth spot in the order as the Padres place increasing value on his offensive production.
Mejia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win against the Reds.
Mejia clanged a Trevor Bauer cutter off the right-field foul pole in the fourth inning for his seventh homer of the season. The 23-year-old has seized the starting catcher position in San Diego with a scorching August in which he has slashed .444/.468/.733 with three long balls and 10 runs scored through 14 games.
Mejia is not in Sunday's lineup against the Phillies.
He has hit .463 with two home runs in 13 games this month. Austin Hedges will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
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