When rookie Shane Peterson was called up by the Oakland Athletics earlier this week while first baseman Brandon Moss took paternity leave, it was expected that he’d fill in until the team opens a series on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Peterson made his Major League debut on Tuesday night, and put together a rather impressive two-game appearance. On Tuesday, he snared a hard line drive that helped starter A.J. Griffin wiggle out of trouble against the Houston Astros, and Wednesday was even better.
Against the Astros and Bud Norris, Peterson notched his first career base hit (in the fourth), after picking up his first RBI (with a bases-loaded walk in the A’s six-run first inning). In all, he had a pretty eventful introduction to his big-league career.
In typical fashion, he was hazed a bit after picking up his base hit on Wednesday – after the game, some of his teammates gave him what they told him was the game ball. Instead, it was actually doctored with the wrong game details, misspelled words, and the wrong pitcher’s name written on it. Of course, they eventually gave him the actual game ball, but it was a pretty funny prank to pull in the first place.
With Moss presumably activated in time for Friday’s series opener in Tampa, Peterson is most likely headed back to Triple-A Sacramento. His performance in these two games against Houston, though, indicated that he’s more or less ready for more big-league action – and I bet he’ll end up back with the A’s sooner rather than later.