W.F. West graduate called up to majors

McClatchy news servicesJuly 21, 2013 

Matt Holliday’s nagging hamstring injury has created an opportunity for Brock Peterson.

Peterson, a 2002 W.F. West High School graduate, was called up from Triple-A Memphis by St. Louis as the Cardinals put Holliday on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12.

Peterson, a member of The Olympian’s All-Area baseball team in 2002, was a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning against San Diego on Saturday. He grounded out, bringing a run home.

He hit .306 with 66 RBI for Memphis and led the Pacific Coast League with 22 home runs. It was his first call-up to the majors.

“His eyes are spinning a little bit now, and rightfully so,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s very excited and it’s just a great story. But nothing’s been given to him. He’s had a tremendous season, and I think he’ll fit in well with what we’re looking to do.”

Peterson, 29, was a 49th-round pick by Minnesota in 2002 and played in an independent league in 2011-12 before signing with the Cardinals’ organization.

LESTER PUSHED BACK

Boston left-hander Jon Lester’s next start is pushed back two days, and Ryan Dempster is taking his place on the mound Sunday against the Yankees.

Lester (8-6, 4.58 ERA) has struggled since starting 6-0 start this season. The Bellarmine Prep graduate, The News Tribune’s All-Area player of the year in 2001, has allowed at least five runs in five of his past 11 starts – including five runs in five innings against the Mariners at Safeco Field on July 8. He is now scheduled to start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

Manager John Farrell didn’t cite a reason for the move, but said “two extra days will help him.”

SHORT HOPS

The Los Angeles Times reported Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig is being sued for $12 million by a man in Cuba who claims Puig made false allegations against him that resulted in a seven-year prison sentence. ... Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes was not in Oakland’s starting lineup for the second consecutive game because of a sore left wrist. ... The Rockies placed right-hander Rafael Betancourt on the disabled list after the closer had his appendix removed Friday night. The team recalled righty Mitchell Boggs from Double-A Tulsa. ... The Red Sox activated shortstop Stephen Drew (hamstring) from the disabled list and optioned third baseman Brock Holt to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Nationals manager Davey Johnson said left-hander Ross Detwiler, the No. 6 overall pick in 2007, didn’t complete a full bullpen session and will miss at least two more starts because of a low back strain. ... Yankees outfielder Zoilo Almonte was put on the 15-day DL because of a sprained left ankle. ... Braves starter Paul Maholm was forced out in the fourth inning of his start against the White Sox because of sprained left wrist. ... A crew of about 1,000 Montreal Expos fans drove to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays play the Rays, with the goal of generating interest in a team coming to Montreal.

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