The Brewers positioned utilityman Jace Peterson on the 10-day injured checklist on account of a left elbow sprain. The location is retroactive to July 20. Jake McGee (who signed a giant league contract with Milwaukee yesterday) will take Peterson’s spot on the energetic roster.
It appears to be like as if Peterson will likely be out till not less than late August, as supervisor Craig Counsell informed Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Twitter links) and different reporters, that even that substantial timeline could possibly be “optimistic.” Peterson has been battling a UCL-related harm for the previous couple of weeks, and lately acquired a PRP injection to assist the remedy. Whereas the utilityman is hopeful he is perhaps again by mid-August, he informed Hogg and different reporters that he might very nicely miss extra time.
Now in his third yr in Milwaukee, Peterson hasn’t precisely been a roster fixture, because the Brewers non-tendered him after the 2020 marketing campaign and outrighted him off their 40-man roster in Might 2021. Nevertheless, Peterson did get tendered this previous winter (agreeing to a $1.825MM deal simply previous to the lockout) and he has responded along with his greatest season but with the Brew Crew.
Peterson was already fairly strong in 2020-21, hitting .240/.355/.365 with eight house runs over 120 video games and 363 plate appearances. This yr, Peterson has gone a step additional with a .252/.325/.439 slash line and eight homers over 241 PA in 80 video games, which translate to solidly above-average (112 wRC+, 115 OPS+) offensive manufacturing.
The 32-year-old has been much more worthwhile on account of each his high quality baserunning (21/23 in stolen base probabilities as a Brewer) and his skill to play everywhere in the diamond. Apart from catcher and middle fielder, Peterson has seen motion at each different place throughout his two-plus seasons in Milwaukee, together with two innings of mop-up pitching work. Peterson’s utilization has various based mostly on the crew’s wants — in 2021, he noticed most of his motion at second base instead of the injured Kolten Wong, whereas this season has seen Peterson principally play third base on account of accidents to Luis Urias and Willy Adames (the latter of which noticed Urias utilized at shortstop).
Peterson can be a left-handed hitter, and thus he has gotten into the lineup when opponents have had a troublesome righty on the mound. The Brewers’ present bench alignment is stuffed with right-handed bats other than switch-hitting backup catcher Victor Caratini, so with Peterson going through an prolonged absence, Milwaukee might definitely goal lefty bats on the deadline. The membership tends to favor multi-position gamers anyway, so it appears doubtless that the Brewers have been already exploring add extra versatile depth to their bench for the playoff race.