The Oakland Athletics placed first baseman Brandon Moss on official paternity leave on Tuesday. For the past week or so, Moss has been anxiously awaiting the birth of his son, and apparently the time has come.
A’s beat writer Susan Slusser reported, the team has called up Shane Peterson from Triple-A Sacramento to take Moss’ spot on the roster. Peterson, who has hit .410 in 11 games in Triple A, is in tonight’s lineup against the Houston Astros and Brad Peacock, hitting eighth (between third baseman Josh Donaldson and second baseman Eric Sogard).
This marks the first time in Peterson’s career that he’s been called up to the big leagues. The 25-year old was obtained by Oakland from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Matt Holliday trade in 2008.
Leading up to the start of the 2013 season, Peterson put together an impressive Spring Training, but didn’t really have a fit on the A’s Opening Day roster since he hits left-handed. He also plays the outfield, but the A’s already have more than enough everyday-type outfielders, so he began the year in Sacramento.
Last night, fellow A’s rookie first baseman Nate Freiman mashed his first career home run, and tonight Peterson will have the opportunity to do the same against the Astros, who are 0-4 against Oakland thus far in their first season in the AL West. The A’s became the AL’s first 10-win team with last night’s 11-2 victory.
Slusser noted that at most, Moss can miss no more than three days on paternity leave, which means he’s out for the remaining two games against Houston. The A’s have an off-day on Thursday.