Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia had to leave Wednesday’s game against the Yankees in the fourth inning due to a strained hamstring, which left the A’s in a bit of a pickle. Manager Bob Melvin opted to move Chris Coghlan from second to third base, and Jed Lowrie moved from DH to second base. The A’s lost the DH in the process, which meant starter Kendall Graveman occupied Valencia’s spot in the lineup — the cleanup spot.
The baseball world waited with bated breath for Graveman to take a turn at the plate, as he would become the first starting pitcher to take an at-bat at the new Yankee Stadium, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. As one might have predicted, Graveman struck out on three pitches against Nathan Eovaldi to end the fifth inning. Still, pretty cool.
Because baseball teams have to have 25 guys — and because someone has to be that 25h guy — the Orioles have re-signed utilityman Jace Peterson. It’s a minor league contract so he may not be the actual 25th man but, c’mon, he’s gonna be the 25th man. Let’s get real here.
Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season. That’s not good, but he can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He can’t play them particularly well, but you know that thing Casey Stengel said about how catchers are important because without them there are a lot of passed balls? Same goes for third base and stuff. Again: Orioles.
I was going to add that he was the only player in MLB history named “Jace,” but Jace Fry exists, so he doesn’t even have that distinction anymore, and that’s kind of a bummer.