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.
Mateo (illness) is unlikely to be part of the Opening Day roster, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The Padres expected Mateo to contribute to the big-league club right away when they acquired him in a trade at the end of June, but the 25-year-old subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 and has yet to be cleared to return. With Opening Day less than a week away, Mateo is unlikely to have enough time to get ready for the season even if he returns soon, though manager Jayce Tingler didn't close the door on the possibility completely. "He's probably going to need some baseball work," Tingler said. "But at the same time, he brings a lot of speed to the game. If we want to use that asset of his game, can we use that right away? Probably. But we'll wait and see." Jake Cronenworth is the most likely candidate to fill Mateo's projected spot if the latter remains out.
Mateo has tested positive for COVID-19, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Mateo was traded to the Padres in late June, but manager Jayce Tingler revealed Wednesday that Mateo has tested positive for COVID-19. The 25-year-old is experiencing some symptoms, but Tingler said that those symptoms are improving. Mateo was expected to fill a major-league roster spot to begin the season due to his lack of remaining minor-league options, but it's unclear whether he'll be ready for the start of the 2020 campaign. Under MLB protocol, he'll have to test negative twice before he's able to rejoin the team.
The Padres acquired Mateo from the Athletics on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The 25-year-old was set to report to Oakland for summer camp this week as a member of the team's 60-man roster pool, but he'll instead end up making his way to San Diego. Mateo was somewhat buried on the depth chart behind Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp at second base with the A's, and his immediate outlook could be a bit more optimistic with the Padres. Fernando Tatis has shortstop locked down while Jurickson Profar, Greg Garcia and Ty France are the top options at the keystone. Mateo has no remaining minor-league options and as a result is likely to be a member of the season-opening, 30-man roster, even if he only ends up filling a bench role.
Mateo will report to Oakland when teams resume workouts this week after the Athletics announced Sunday that he would be part of their 60-man roster pool.
With no minor-league options remaining and with Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp ahead of him on the depth chart at second base at the time spring training was suspended in mid-March, Mateo wasn't considered a lock to break camp with the Athletics. However, MLB's decision to increase 40-man rosters to 60-man pools will allow the Athletics to keep the speedster in the fold in 2020 without having to risk exposing him to waivers. Oakland is still projected to open their 60-game slate in late July with Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp as its primary options at the keystone, but Mateo -- who has stolen at least 20 bases in each of his past five minor-league seasons -- could receive ample use off the bench as a pinch runner.
Mateo's chances of garnering a spot on the Opening Day roster are uncertain following his spring training battle with Vimael Machin for a backup job at second base, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
When spring training was suspended, Franklin Barreto and Tony Kemp were projected to platoon at second base, with Mateo and Machin seemingly battling for what could have been the 26th and final spot on the roster. The 24-year-old Mateo was outpaced by Machin at the plate during Cactus League play, with the latter's .333 average markedly better than Mateo's .231 figure. Gallegos notes Mateo is a more "electric" player than Machin because of his lightning speed -- which manifested itself this spring in the form of four steals -- and is also out of minor-league options. Machin counters with the ability to play all four infield positions and is a Rule 5 draft pick, so he would return to his original organization (the Cubs) if he doesn't stick with the Athletics. Ultimately, even though Machin arguably had a leg up in their battle when play was paused, Mateo could well be the beneficiary of a possible expansion of rosters beyond 26 players that's been discussed as one of the contingency plans for a delayed regular season.
Mateo went 3-for-4 with three base hits, two RBI and a stolen base Tuesday in the Athletics' 6-5 Cactus League win over the White Sox.
With Marcus Semien getting the day off, Mateo took his spot at shortstop and at the top of the batting order and didn't look out of place. The 24-year-old put his premium wheels on display immediately, legging out an infield single on his first at-bat, then claiming his third stolen base of the spring. Mateo is competing with a host of players for the starting job at second base, but even if he fails to win the job battle, his high-end speed might be enough for him to crack the 26-man Opening Day roster as a utility man. The fact that Mateo has no minor-league options remaining and would likely be claimed if exposed to waivers helps his case for breaking camp with the A's.
Mateo, who's 3-for-12 this spring, has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster as he's out of minor-league options, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Mateo has just under 1,100 plate appearances at the Triple-A level over the last two seasons, and he showed signs of finally hitting his stride in 2019 with a .289/.330/.504 line that included career bests in home runs (19) and RBI (78). Gallegos reports Mateo has already impressed early in camp with his above-average athleticism and speed, and because he's out of minor-league options, the A's run the risk of losing him to waivers if they try to send him back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mateo is 4-for-15 with a double, a triple, two walks and four runs in the four games he's played for Triple-A Las Vegas since returning from a stay on the 7-day minor-league injured list due to ankle soreness.
The promising shortstop appears to be fully over the ankle issues that put a pause in his stellar season. Even after an 0-for-4 afternoon versus Albuquerque on Sunday -- his first hitless game since returning -- Mateo is slashing .294/.335/.518 across 104 games with the Aviators this season.
Mateo is on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Las Vegas with minor ankle soreness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Assuming the injury is indeed minor, Mateo could join the big-league club when rosters expand in September. He does not necessarily have an everyday job waiting for him, but he is on the 40-man roster and could at least provide defense and speed on the bases off the bench late in games.
Mateo, who went 4-for-6 with two solo home runs and four runs for Triple-A Las Vegas in a win over El Paso on Friday, has three homers and four RBI in his last two games.
The promising shortstop continues to benefit from the Pacific Coast League's hitter-friendly conditions, with his recent two-game surge pushing his season line to .298/.330/.526. Mateo is projected to remain down on the farm until rosters expand at the big-league level in September, but his body of work this season represents a marked improvement over his first exposure to Triple-A arms last year in Nashville.
Mateo, who's slashing .301/.336/.521 with 46 extra-base hits (20 doubles, 13 triples, 13 home runs) and 62 RBI across 408 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas, is nevertheless likely to remain with the Aviators until rosters expand in September, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old shortstop has clearly earned a promotion based on his numbers, but Gallegos reports that barring injury, Mateo will likely remain blocked from a promotion until rosters expand in September. Shortstop continues to be firmly in the grasp of Marcus Semien (career-best .272/.348/.451 slash line) at the big-league level, and the A's seem intent on giving Franklin Barreto a fair shake at second base.
Mateo was selected to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game on Friday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old shortstop has been tormenting Triple-A arms all season with Las Vegas, and he headed into Friday night's action leading the Pacific Coast League in hits (108), triples (13) and total bases (187). Part of the 2017 deal with the Yankees that saw Sonny Gray shipped to New York, Mateo has bounced back from a rough initial foray in Triple-A a season ago to slash .314/.347/.542 with 42 extra-base hits (17 doubles, 13 triples, 12 home runs) and 58 RBI across 75 games thus far in 2019.
Mateo, who's slashing .333/.374/.551 with eight doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 24 RBI and eight stolen bases across 29 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, could be the next callup for the Athletics, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
As those numbers imply, the 23-year-old has been tormenting Triple-A arms throughout the season while putting in time at both second base and shortstop. While there have been knocks on Mateo's maturity and focus in the past, the difference between his body of work at the Triple-A level in 2019 compared to last year is stark. Mateo slashed a middling .230/.280/.353 across 510 plate appearances at Nashville last season, and he's already amassed half of the 36 extra-base hits he posted during that tenure in 363 fewer opportunities.
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|09/27||@ SF||W 5-4||2||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|09/26||@ SF||W 6-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs SF||W 6-5||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|09/20||@ SEA||W 7-4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/15||vs LAD||L 1-3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/14||vs LAD||W 7-2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/13||vs SF||W 6-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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