Peterson was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 29-year-old outfielder finished spring with a .229 average, double, two home runs and five RBI. Peterson, who has a minor-league career that dates back to 2008, slashed .259/.324/.353 over 225 plate appearances with the Brewers back in 2015 in what is his only major-league stint to date. He's likely to start the 2017 campaign in Triple-A Durham and could be a potential call-up later in the season if outfield injuries crop up.
Peterson went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Monday's 9-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Twins. Peterson's second-inning blast to center staked the Rays to a 3-0 lead and served as his second round-tripper of spring. The outfielder has been a pleasant surprise at the plate thus far, slashing .316/.391/.684 over 19 at-bats, a line that includes a double, two homers, five RBI, three walks and four runs. He remains ticketed for Triple-A Durham to start 2017, but is making a solid impression thus far that could lead to a possible call-up later in the season.
Peterson, who drew the start in right field, went 2-for-3 with a double, two-run home run and two runs overall in Monday's 7-2 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies. The 28-year-old provided some impressive production out of the eight-hole and crushed his two-run blast to right field in the sixth against Miguel Nunez. Peterson is slated to serve as organizational depth at the Triple-A level in 2016 but is making an impression thus far this spring, hitting .429 with Monday's homer and three RBI overall. He was last in the majors with the Brewers in 2015, slashing .259/.324/.353 with seven doubles, three triples, two homers and 16 RBI over 225 plate appearances.
Peterson signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The 28-year-old spent all of last season at Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Brewers organization, but was limited to just 15 games due to injury. He'll give the Rays some extra depth in the outfield at Triple-A Durham to open 2017, but as a non-roster player, he'll have a tough time making his way to the big club.
Peterson has been placed on the DL at Triple-A Colorado Springs, retroactive to April 18. The exact nature and severity of the injury remains unclear. Peterson was bumped from the Brewers' 40-man roster in January, and failed to work his way back on during spring training. He managed just two hits in 24 plate appearances with Colorado Springs to begin the 2016 campaign.