With second baseman Jonathan Schoop already on the disabled list and infielder Tim Beckham potentially joining him, the Orioles claimed infielder Jace Peterson – a left-handed hitting utility man -- off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon to provide immediate infield help. He is expected to report to the major league club on Wednesday, the Orioles announced. Beckham, who left Monday’s game after re-aggravating his groin running to first base following an eighth-inning single, could be placed on the DL as soon as today before the Orioles’ series opener against Tampa Bay at Camden Yards. Peterson, a former first-round pick of the Padres, has 386 games of major league experience, primarily as a second baseman, though he’s also played third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions at the big-league level. “Peterson is a versatile player who has experience playing all over the field who had his best year in 2015 playing second base,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a text message. “Given our need and his experience, he should be able to contribute right away to the O’s.” Peterson played in a career-high 152 games with the Braves in 2015 – including 137 starts at second base – while hitting .239/.314/.335 with 23 doubles, five triples and six homers with 52 RBIs, while going 12-for-22 on stolen base attempts.
Orioles claim Jace Peterson to supplement injury-riddled infield
Baltimore Sun | Apr 24