After acquiring infielder Hernan Perez off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and designating Elian Herrera for assignment Tuesday, the Brewers left themselves without a true fourth outfielder. Because of that, it was expected a move would be made to balance the roster.
That inkling turned out to be true as the Brewers chose to bring outfielder Shane Peterson up from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room for him on the roster, Milwaukee optioned Tyler Cravy -- who started Tuesday -- back to the Sky Sox.
Peterson, a second-round pick in 2008 by the Cardinals, was a part of the deal that brought Matt Holliday to St. Louis from the Athletics. He's played just two games in the majors in his career but has consistently been a great hitter in the minors and is capable of playing all three outfield spots along with first base. Over eight minor league seasons, he has a career .286/.377/.427 batting line. This year his line stands at .320/.387/.523.
The 27-year-old has more gap power, but is certainly capable of double-digit home runs in a full season. Similarly, his speed isn't exceptional, but he can steal a few bags.
Peterson was one of two outfielders on the 40-man roster that was not already on the active roster or on the disabled list. The other was Logan Schafer, who has had several opportunities to show what he can do in the majors. Though Peterson isn't exactly young anymore, relatively, it's nice to see the Brewers give someone new an opportunity so they can potentially learn what they may have in him.
The team is also wasting no time in giving him a shot as both Peterson and Hernan Perez are in the starting lineup Wednesday.
Cravy pitched great on Tuesday, allowing just four hits in seven innings but picked up a tough-luck loss after the Brewers were shut out by St. Louis. It wouldn't be surprising if we see him back up in the majors this year.