Moss returns, Peterson's time will come
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The Oakland Athletics have reinstated first baseman Brandon Moss from the paternity list. Shane Peterson has been optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Moss and his wife Allison welcomed their second son, Brody Dylan Moss, on Tuesday. He was born at 3:42 p.m. in San Ramon and weighed seven pounds, nine ounces.

The Moss' induced labor on Tuesday morning with the plan of missing the two games before the off-day. As expected, Moss traveled with the team to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Moss is batting .283 in 13 games this season. He is tied for the team lead with 13 RBI. He bats in the middle of the A's order and is an important member of their offense.

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Peterson, 25, played both games that Moss missed. He made his Major League debut and filled in admirably. On Tuesday, he made a run-saving diving catch with the bases loaded. On Wednesday, he collected his first career hit, run, and RBI.

"This kid is ready to play in the big leagues, it's just not his time yet," A's manager Bob Melvin said on Wednesday.

Peterson is a capable outfielder and first baseman. He turned a lot of heads within the A's coaching staff in spring training. The A's acquired Peterson when they shipped Matt Holliday to St. Louis back in 2009. He is emerging as one of the top options in Triple-A.

Peterson is batting .410 with five doubles and seven RBI in 11 games with the Sacramento River Cats. He has a six-game hitting streak in the minors and five of those games have been multi-hit efforts.

It is highly likely he'll be back on the A's big league roster at some point this season.