Having served the entirety of his 50-game suspension stemming from his ties to the Biogenesis scandal, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been activated in time for Friday night's game against the Marlins. And he's playing left field.
With AL Rookie of the Year candidate Jose Iglesias being a much better defender at the premium shortstop position, the Tigers have been working out Peralta in left field. He'll have three pretty meaningless games against the lowly Marlins to show if he could be their left fielder heading into the playoffs.
The move would make the already potent Tigers offense even better. Despite ranking second in the AL in runs, first in average, first in on-base percentage and second in slugging percentage, the Tigers have gotten the following line from left fielders this season: .260/.327/.384. Prior to his suspension, Peralta was hitting .305/.361/.461 with 11 homers and 54 RBI in 104 games.
If Peralta sticks in left field, every Tigers starter except catcher would have an OPS+ of greater than 100 (which is league average on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) on the season.
In Peralta's career, he's played 1,150 games at short, 213 games at third base and appeared in three games at first.