San Francisco Giants outfielder Luis Matos (22), who emerged as a replacement after Jung-Hoo Lee (26) was lost for the season due to shoulder surgery, was eventually demoted to the minors. It was a flash in the pan that earned him Player of the Week honors.

The Giants sent Matos down to Triple-A Sacramento Rivercats on Saturday when they recalled outfielder Austin Slater from the concussion protocol ahead of a road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Slater suffered a concussion in the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox on March 11 when he slammed into the fence while fielding a grounder in center field. He returned from a rehab assignment at Triple-A and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in San Francisco’s 9-3 win.

Matos, on the other hand, was sent back down to Triple-A 24 days after being called up on March 13th. He served as a replacement center fielder for the out-of-season Lee Jung-hoo, 토토사이트 but his bat cooled off quickly and he was eventually sent to Triple-A via the minor league option.

Matos took over as the starting center fielder against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Matos, a 22-year-old Venezuelan prospect, took over as the starting center fielder against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 14, the day after Lee was injured. After making his presence felt with a three-run home run off Yoshinobu Yamamoto that day, Matos was named the National League (NL) Player of the Week after going 3-for-8 with three doubles, two home runs, 16 RBIs and a 1.115 OPS in six games against the Colorado Rockies on March 20.

He becomes the first San Francisco player to earn the honor in six years, since shortstop Brandon Belt was named Player of the Week on May 20, 2018. With five and six RBIs against Colorado on May 18 and 19, respectively, 사설 토토사이트 he became the youngest player in major league history to record back-to-back five-plus RBI games.

It was a quick turnaround from Lee’s absence. In his next 13 games, he went 1-for-6 with nine doubles (9-for-55), no home runs, three RBIs, and a .367 OPS. For the season as a whole, he’s batting 2-for-4 (19-for-85) with two home runs, 20 RBI, and a .577 OPS in 21 games. His last six games were even worse, as he was 9-for-22 with two doubles, one home run, and a .216 OPS. As a result, he was demoted to Triple-A as Slater recovered from his injury.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle,

San Francisco manager Bob Melvin said, “Matos was hot for a while here, and he did a great job, and he’s cooled off since then, and he needs to pick better pitches. In the beginning, he was picking good pitches and not missing them. When he went into a slump, he was too aggressive and got into a zone,” he said, pointing out the pioneering issue.

But Melvin added: “We have to remember what Matos has done in the last month. He’s a big part of our team, and he’ll bounce back.” 안전놀이터 He’s only 22 years old, so growing pains are inevitable. The challenge will be how to compensate for the weaknesses that have been exposed.

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