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Tim Beckham’s DL stint unfortunate; Jace Peterson’s availability fortunate

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The Orioles officially placed Tim Beckham on the disabled list today with a strained left groin and added Jace Peterson to the 25-man roster.

Peterson is in Wednesday’s starting lineup, batting ninth and playing second base against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Beckham, 28, left Monday’s game in the eighth for a pinch-runner because he was struggling to run the bases. He’s reportedly considering his options, including potential surgery, which would put him on the shelf well beyond 10 days.

Beckham was only hitting .179 this season and had played unevenly at third base in his transition from shortstop this season.

But, with starting second baseman Jonathan Schoop (oblique) on the disabled list, Beckham’s flexibility across the infield was important.

Peterson, who was claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees on Tuesday, likely will have to fill a starting role temporarily, probably at second base for now.

The left-handed-hitting Peterson, who turns 28 in May, is a career .234 hitter with a .319 on-base percentage in parts of five big league seasons (386 games) with the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Yankees.

The former first-round supplemental pick (58th overall) by the Padres in 2011, Peterson is a former highly regarded prospect who has a career minor league average of .279 and was a key component of the Padres-Braves’ Justin Upton trade in 2014.

Here’s my take on today’s moves: The Orioles got lucky here despite the unfortunate situation of losing Beckham.

Peterson’s ceiling may be as a mediocre-hitting utility infielder who can also play some outfield. He has a little pop, a little speed and has started at every defensive position in the majors but catcher.

He is what they’ve been looking for since not re-signing long-time utility man Ryan Flaherty, whose absence has loomed large with the injuries to Schoop and Beckham and the ineffectiveness of utility candidates Luis Sardinas, Engelb Vielma and Ruben Tejada.

Utility was supposed to be a hole the Orioles were going to address in the offseason, and they threw Band-Aids at it. They also bumbled the chance to re-sign Flaherty or add Ryan Goins, two players that aren’t flashy, but are useful.

The same can be said of Peterson.

And if the Yankees hadn’t waived him at the same time the Orioles were reeling from the Beckham injury, the Orioles would have had a chasm at second base, given what we’ve seen so far from the potential replacements.

The timing here was crucial — and fortunate for the Orioles.

Who knows what Peterson will be? Chances are he’s a stop-gap find who may help strengthen the bench with his positional versatility when he’s not forced to temporarily start.

Given their situation, the Orioles will take that, no doubt.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. jkneps63

    April 25, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Buck! You got the batting order close! Good going moving Cisco up to #2, I bet he become an OBP machine.

    Personally, I like Trey, Jace, Chance, and Manny 1 through 4.

    • Jbigle1

      April 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Yikes. Peterson should earn his way up to the top of the lineup. You may be overestimating his abilities a bit. Sisco with an “S” I see quite a few people type his Name with a “C” on here.

      • jkneps63

        April 25, 2018 at 8:37 pm

        Thanks for the correction Sisco’s last name!

        Two-run double by Jace in his first at bat and then we look at the rest of the Orioles batters…and the decision is in! Jace Peterson has earned his way to the top of the lineup!!!

        • Jbigle1

          April 26, 2018 at 12:37 am

          It’s honestly hard to argue that when Anthony Santander is batting cleanup….

    • Dan Connolly

      April 26, 2018 at 1:05 am

      I think I’d have to stick with JBig’s original thought

      • jkneps63

        April 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm

        I do believe Jace is batting 2nd tonight. Wish Buck had enough hudspa to let Chance catch or DH tonight in the 3rd spot.

  2. jkneps63

    April 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Tim who? Jace produces in his first at bat. Clearly a Lou Gerhig, Wally Pipp situation here. Tim Beckham will be an answer to baseball trivia questions throughout the 2030s and 2040s.

    Jace Peterson! Savior of the 2018 Orioles’ season!

    • Dan Connolly

      April 26, 2018 at 1:05 am

      Where’s Boog’s enthusiasm when you need it?

  3. jkneps63

    April 25, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I am not at the game – are they chanting “Jace, Jace, Jace?” I imagine they are!

    • Ben1

      April 26, 2018 at 5:27 am

      not enough in attendance to be heard chanting anything

  4. Orial

    April 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    How long before the Flaherty/Peterson comparisons begin? Seems fans have been wanting to run Flaherty out of town for years and now he’s some kind of cult hero.

    • Dan Connolly

      April 26, 2018 at 1:06 am

      I almost made them when I wrote this.

  5. jkneps63

    April 25, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    8,730…seems about right for this level of play

  6. Ben1

    April 26, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Team needs surgery, not band aids.

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