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  • J.J. Matijevic: Signs with Mexican League team

    Matijevic has signed with the Dorados de Chihuahua of the Mexican Baseball League, Ari Alexander of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    The 28-year-old got a cup of coffee with the Astros in 2022 before spending all of 2023 in the minors and eventually being removed from their 40-man roster and released. Matijevic has mostly played first base and corner outfield but has dabbled at third base and center field.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Stays in Houston organization

    The Astros outrighted Matijevic to Triple-A Sugar Land on Monday.

    Matijevic will remain in the organization after going unclaimed off waivers when Houston designated him for assignment prior to Opening Day. The 27-year-old reached the majors for the first time in 2022, hitting .209 with two home runs and five RBI across 71 plate appearances for the Astros.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Designated for assignment

    Matijevic was designated for assignment by the Astros on Thursday.

    Matijevic failed to make the Opening Day roster and now he's off the 40-man roster, as well. He'll go through the waiver process.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Optioned out to Triple-A

    The Astros optioned Matijevic to Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Matijevic struggled to a .626 OPS in 40 plate appearances in the Grapefruit League this spring after batting just .209/.254/.328 over his first 71 major-league plate appearances last year. He'll serve as minor-league depth for Houston leading into the 2023 season.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Chance to make roster

    Matijevic has gone 8-for-28 with a double and a home run during Cactus League action.

    Matijevic made his brief big-league debut in 2022, during which he hit .209/.254/.328 across 71 plate appearances. He's capable of playing both first base and outfield, which makes him a candidate to benefit from the potential absence of Michael Brantley (shoulder) to begin the campaign. Barring more injuries, Matijevic would be in line only for a reserve role.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Optioned to Triple-A

    Matijevic was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    With Aledmys Diaz (groin) getting activated, Matijevic was squeezed off the active roster. He hit .250 with zero home runs and six strikeouts in 12 at-bats during this latest cup of coffee with the big club.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Tallies fifth RBI

    Matijevic went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday against the Angels.

    Matijevic was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on Aug. 29 and has started two of the team's four games since. He's been one of the beneficiaries of Yordan Alvarez's (hand) ongoing absence, and Matijevic came through with an RBI single in the fifth inning to account for Houston's only run of the game Saturday. Across 66 big-league plate appearances, Matijevic has maintained a .194/.242/.323 line, hampered by a 34.8 percent strikeout rate.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Returns to big leagues

    Matijevic was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Matijevic has bounced back and forth between the minors and the big club in August, as this is his second promotion in the last two weeks. He's batting .200 with two homers, four RBI and one stolen base over 27 games with Houston in 2022. Jake Meyers was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Sent back to Triple-A

    Matijevic was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The Astros are bringing up David Hensley, who offers a bit more defensive utility than Matijevic. He only made it into one game during this latest four-day stint with the big club, going 1-for-2 with a run.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Recalled Wednesday

    Matijevic was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday.

    Matijevic was sent down in early August but will rejoin the major-league club as outfield depth after Aledmys Diaz (groin) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Matijevic has slashed .189/.246/.340 with two homers, two doubles, six runs, four RBI and a steal over 26 big-league games this year. He isn't starting Wednesday against the White Sox but should be available off the bench.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Optioned to minors

    The Astros optioned Matijevic to Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday.

    The rookie went 10-for-48 with four extra-base hits and four RBI in 24 games after his June 15 call-up. It's unclear whether the Astros intend to bring Matijevic back to Houston anytime soon, or if he'll finish the 2022 campaign at Triple-A.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Records first steal

    Matijevic went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Angels.

    Matijevic hasn't earned much playing time since his recall to the Astros in mid-June. He got a rare start Tuesday -- just his sixth since joining the active roster -- and he was able to notch his first major-league steal. The 26-year-old has shown modest speed in the minors, posting eight steals in 39 contests with Triple-A Sugar Land this year. He's slashing .182/.229/.424 with two home runs, three RBI, four runs scored and a pair of doubles through 35 plate appearances in the majors.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Pops second homer

    Matijevic went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Yankees.

    Matijevic has two hits across 14 career at-bats, both of which have left the yard. He's received minimal playing time since being recalled June 15, and his time in the majors could be nearing an end due to the impending return of Jeremy Pena (thumb).

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: First career hit leaves yard

    Matijevic went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.

    Making his first start in his most recent big-league stint, Matijevic launched a solo shot to left field Sunday. It was his first hit in the majors. He's still struck out five times across 11 plate appearances, so the 26-year-old is unlikely to take on a regular role until he can show more in limited playing time. He's proved himself well in the minors, slashing .313/.373/.640 with 12 homers and eight stolen bases in 39 games with Triple-A Sugar Land this season.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Recalled by Houston

    Matijevic was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday.

    Matijevic made his major-league debut in April and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts over two games. However, the 26-year-old will rejoin the Astros as utility depth after Jeremy Pena (thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Headed to minors

    Matijevic was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Monday.

    Matijevic was called up by the Astros on April 20, but he appeared in just two major-league games and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. The 26-year-old will likely see more consistent playing time in the minors.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Set to play multiple positions

    Matijevic will earn playing time primarily at first base and left field, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

    The 26-year-old is set for his major-league debut after getting recalled when Jose Altuve (hamstring) was placed on the injured list Wednesday. Matijevic's still not in line for everyday playing without additional injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, but the Astros could opt to utilize his defensive versatility to shift Yuli Gurriel to designated hitter. Additional alternatives include giving key veterans such as Michael Brantley extra off days while taking advantage of Matijevic's ability to play in the outfield. He posted a 100 wRC+ across 317 plate appearances with Triple-A Sugar Land in 2021.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Receives call to majors

    The Astros selected Matijevic's contract from Triple-A Sugar Land on Wednesday.

    Houston opened up space for Matijevic on the 40-man roster by moving Taylor Jones to the 60-day injured list. The 26-year-old was rewarded with his first call-up to the big leagues after he slashed .310/.420/.714 with four home runs and four stolen bases across 50 plate appearances at Sugar Land. He's expected to see limited use off the bench while he's up with Houston, though his ability to play left field, right field, first base and third base gives Matijevic a few avenues to playing time.

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  • Astros' J.J. Matijevic: Suspended 50 games

    Matijevic was suspended for 50 games with Double-A Corpus Christi after a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

    One of several bat-over-glove corner hitters the Astros have selected high in the draft (No. 75 overall pick in 2017) in recent years, Matijevic was off to a rough start at Double-A, hitting .240 with a 35.4 percent strikeout rate. He will be eligible to return June 20.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 206 lbs
Birthplace: Latrobe, PA
Age: 28
School: Arizona
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, R