Infielder Jace Peterson went from waiver-wire limbo to the Orioles' starting lineup in the span of about a day, and sees his arrival as an opportunity to both add some stability to a career that's had little of late and fill a need for his new club.
"With the guys they have injured, tonight I'm playing second," said Peterson, who has played all over the field in his major league career. "I'm just kind of going to get my work everywhere and be ready to go whenever my number is called. … I feel good. I'm excited to get on the field and kind of get to play with some of these guys and try to get some wins."
Peterson, 27, comes to the Orioles after an April spent on the fringes of the New York Yankees' roster. He began the year in Triple-A and spent three days with the major league club earlier this month before he was outrighted and chose free agency April 15. He knew from that time on the waiver wire that the Orioles had some interest, but instead went back to the Yankees a day later before being designated for assignment again Sunday.
The Orioles claimed him Tuesday, with second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the disabled list for over a week with an oblique strain, infielder Tim Beckham landing there Wednesday with a left groin strain, and backups Engelb Vielma and Luis Sardiñas underwhelming with the big league team.
"He's going to play second base tonight," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's capable of playing other places and has in the past, but our need is there right now. He'll start out trying to help us there."
He finished the night 1-for-3, including a two-run double down the right-field line in the second inning.
Peterson last played regularly as the second baseman of the Atlanta Braves in 2015, hitting .239 with a .649 OPS and 34 extra-base hits while posting his only positive defensive ratings at any position in his career.
Since then, he's played every position other than catcher.
"I really didn't start doing it until '16," Peterson said. "In '15, I played every day at second with Atlanta, and in '16, I kind of started shuffling around.
"So I think for me, it's kind of a work in progress. I'm continuing to get reps everywhere, infield and outfield. I feel confident everywhere I line up and I'm ready to go compete, so I think for the most part if you get yourself ready and prepare the right way, and when your number is called, the game tends to not speed up on you and you can be under control and make the play you need to make and have good at bats."
Rotation pushed back a day
Showalter had a chance to shuffle his rotation with Tuesday night's postponement, but chose to keep all five starters in turn rather than keep people on regular rest and give Chris Tillman more time off in between starts. Instead, Tillman starts Friday, following Dylan Bundy on Thursday.
"We did it once for the benefit of giving Chris two workdays, but if you get an extra day for a pitcher, for the most part, you need to use it, because those days are precious to a starting pitcher to get that extra rest," Showalter said. "Those days will go away. Sometimes, when you look at their last outing, was it taxing? ... But if I get a chance to give somebody an extra day, I like to do it because you usually get a really good return for that."
With the rotation staying on turn, each starter will also have the opportunity to get an extra day off again with the team's day off Monday before a six-game California swing.
Around the horn
Outfielder-designated hitter Mark Trumbo went hitless in four at-bats for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday and reported no problems with his quadriceps. Showalter said: "He's not feeling anything like he did when he shut it down. We're in the mode of just get the at-bats where he feels comfortable. The physical part of it, he feels completely at ease with." ... Closer Zach Britton (Achilles) did pitcher fielding practice again Wednesday before getting back on the mound Thursday. ... Cody Sedlock, the team's first-round draft pick in 2016, had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing right shoulder, Showalter said.