Petit hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam, in Monday's loss to the Astros. Petit continues to make the most of the chance he is getting with Andrelton Simmons injured. Although he has a rough 7:25 BB:K, he now has two home runs and 10 doubles to give him a sharp .446 slugging percentage. As long as he hits for this kind of power, the Angels will have to find a spot for him in the infield just to keep his bat in the lineup. He has 15 career starts at third base and 21 at second base, versatility that will only help his case.
Petit is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros. Petit has taken over as the Angels' primary shortstop since Andrelton Simmons (thumb) hit the DL, but he'll get the afternoon off after starting 13 of the past 14 contests. He's hit for an acceptable batting average and doesn't look to be at risk of losing out on regular at-bats, but his dearth of power and limited impact on the basepaths renders him a low-ceiling commodity in most formats.
Petit will make his second straight start at shortstop Sunday against the Mariners. With Andrelton Simmons (thumb) on the DL, the depth-starved Angels will be forced to turn to Petit and Brendan Ryan to man shortstop for the next several weeks, neither of whom profile as appealing options at the position. Petit seems to have the leg up on the job battle for now, but as a glove-first player who owns a .258 batting average and two homers over 209 career MLB plate appearances, the 31-year-old could struggle to provide much fantasy value.
Petit was recalled by the Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Cliff Pennington was placed on the disabled list Friday after leaving Thursday's contest against St. Louis with a hamstring injury, leaving the Angels thin in terms of infield depth. Petit slashed .327/.377/.382 in 55 at-bats at Triple-A Salt Lake prior to being recalled Friday and he's a career .254/.282/.358 hitter at the big league level.
Petit was assigned to minor league camp Monday, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports. The 31-year-old has made 57 appearances in the majors over the last two seasons with the Yankees and Astros, but he won't start out the 2016 season with that same opportunity while Johnny Giavotella, Cliff Pennington, and Reynaldo Navarro all considered better options at second base.