Mateo entered Sunday's loss to the Nationals as a pinch runner and stole two bases in addition to scoring a run.
The speedster ran for Victor Caratini with the Padres trailing by a run in the ninth inning. He promptly stole second base, then swiped third and came around to score the tying run on a Trent Grisham single. Mateo's speed gives him value to the big club, but he hasn't started a game since June 13 and is batting only .200 with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate this season.
Mateo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 24-8 win over Washington.
The 26-year-old was brought into the lopsided contest as a pinch hitter for Manny Machado in the sixth inning. Mateo would put the cherry on top of San Diego's franchise-best run total with his ninth-inning blast. It was just his second homer in 91 plate appearances this year. Mateo has added six RBI, nine runs scored and three stolen bases as a depth option this year.
Mateo went 0-for-1 with a stolen base as a pinch hitter in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Mets.
Mateo reached on a fielder's choice and stole second in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old hasn't seen much more than utility usage yet. He's slashing .205/.247/.288 with a home run, five RBI, seven runs scored and three stolen bases across 78 plate appearances.
Mateo (COVID-19) was activated from the injured list prior to Monday's game against the Rockies.
Mateo was forced to the injured list after being listed as a close contact, but he'll be available Monday after a brief absence. He's 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI through five games in May.
Mateo (COVID-19) could be activated ahead of Monday's game against the Rockies, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Both Mateo and Jurickson Profar (COVID-19) were spotted playing catch on the field prior to Monday's matchup, and manager Jayce Tingler stated that he's hopeful both players will return from the injured list in time for the series opener. The team has yet to make an official announcement on Mateo's status.
Mateo (COVID-19) was a close contact of Fernando Tatis, who tested positive for the virus Tuesday, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
Unless he tested positive himself, Mateo figures to return in a few days if he can produce negative tests.
Mateo was placed on the injured list Tuesday due to health and safety protocols.
The extent of his stay on the IL will depend on COVID-19 test results. Mateo has been a top pinch-hitting option for the Padres this season, having recorded just one plate appearance in 13 of his 22 games thus far.
Mateo went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over Arizona.
Mateo connected on a 405-foot shot to left field off Kevin Ginkel in the ninth inning for his first home run as a major leaguer. The long ball came in his 57th career big-league at-bat. Mateo is off to a slow start overall this season, slashing .226/.314/.387.
Mateo stole a base as a pinch runner in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.
Mateo took over on the basepaths for Luis Campusano in the ninth inning after the latter drew a walk. Mateo stole second to get into scoring position, but the Padres' subsequent hitters couldn't bring him home. The steal was Mateo's first this season. He is slashing .227/.346/.318 through 26 plate appearances.
Mateo has gone 4-for-13 to start the season while earning starts in both left and center field.
Mateo has been a beneficiary of Trent Grisham's (hamstring) absence, as he's gotten plenty of work as the Padres' fourth outfielder to begin the season. He's done well with the opportunity, clubbing two extra-base hits. However, Grisham is expected to be activated from the injured list Friday, which is sure to diminish Mateo's role.
The Padres informed Mateo on Monday that he will be included on the Opening Day roster, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Mateo went just 4-for-28 at the dish during his debut season in the majors in 2020, but he earned his way onto the Opening Day roster after coming through with a .316/.414/.456 slash line and three steals (albeit in six attempts) over 57 at-bats this spring. The 25-year-old's speed and defensive versatility should make him a valuable late-inning bench piece, but he's unlikely to get a look as an everyday player in 2021.
Mateo is slashing .393/.500/.571 this spring with four extra-base hits, six RBI and two stolen bases as he vies for one of the Padres' final Opening Day roster spots.
Mateo has been mentioned as a candidate to back up Trent Grisham in center field, and that need has become more pressing with Grisham currently out with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. The injury is thought to be minor, but it highlights the desirability of a player with positional flexibility. Mateo logged time at every outfield position and at second base with the Padres last season, and he's also played shortstop in the minors. Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune points out Mateo's considerable speed and lack of minor-league options as additional factors that could help him garner a roster spot. The 25-year-old struggled with a .154/.185/.269 slash line in his first stint as a major-leaguer last season, but it's possible that some of his troubles were linked to a bout with COVID-19 that resulted in Mateo missing most of summer camp. He appears healthy heading into the 2021 campaign.
Mateo will have the chance to compete for the backup center fielder job during spring training, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Mateo played center field in 29 minor-league contests in 2017 and got one start there with the Padres last season, so he's not a complete stranger to the position. He'll be vying for an Opening Day roster spot during spring training, though his struggles at the plate last season suggest that he's not certain to make the cut.
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.
Mateo (illness) has cleared all health protocols but remains on the injured list, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Mateo tested positive earlier in the month, and while he's back to full health, the infielder still needs time to get back into game shape. Once he's ready to go, Mateo is a candidate to fill a utility infield role.
Mateo was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Mateo has been unable to report to camp after testing positive for COVID-19 over two weeks ago. While the Padres were initially hopeful that the newly acquired infielder would be ready for Opening Day, it now appears he will miss multiple games at the start of the season.
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