Peterson (hand) has resumed taking batting practice, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. This is a significant development in Peterson's rehab as he works his way back from surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. The Braves will likely wait a few batting practice sessions to see how Peterson's hand responds to the increased activity before deciding on the next step of his rehab process. Peterson slashed .282/.343/.431 with 88 RBI at Double-A last season.
Peterson (hand) was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The 22-year-old entered spring training as a candidate for a bench role with the big league club, but things changed after he broke the hamate bone in his left hand. This ensures that he'll start the season in the minor leagues, but if he can return to form, he could be back in the bigs early on.
Peterson had surgery Friday to extract the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand and will be out approximately eight weeks, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Having to undergo hand surgery could not have been the spring training development that Peterson was hoping for. The 22-year-old is coming off a solid season last year with Double-A Mississippi, slashing .282/.343/.431 to go along with 12 home runs and 88 RBI. His recovery timetable would have him make his return to action some time in late April or early May.
The Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves via trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs. Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.
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