The Cardinals have purchased the contract of a former Minnesota Twins farmhand Brock Peterson to fill in for injured first baseman Matt Adams.
Peterson, in his fifth season at the Class AAA level, has hit 21 homers this season with the non-affiliated Bridgeport Bluefish and he carries a .293 batting average which made him one of the best hitters this season in the North Atlantic League.
For his career, Peterson is a .272 hitter with 141 homers in 10 minor league seasons.
Adams is out for the season after having surgery on his throwing elbow to remove bone spurs. He's played intermittently since just before the All-Star break and the condition has apparently bothered him at the plate as evidenced by a 35-point drop in his batting average to .329 with 18 homers and 50 RBI.
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The burly first sacker hit .244 with a pair of home runs in an early season call-up from the big league Cardinals in which he played 27 games.
It's a bummer that Adams won't be able to rejoin the parent club when rosters expand in a couple of weeks. But it's best that he gets his troublesome elbow taken care of now so he's ready to go at the start of spring training.
Adams has proved all he has to prove at the Class AAA level and, hopefully, he'll compete for a permanent roster spot in the spring of 2013.
Peterson, meanwhile, has a new lease on his career life. He reportedly almost retired from baseball this spring before deciding to give it one more go. Now he's back in the fold with a major league team's organization. Hopefully he'll make the most of this opportunity and eventually make it to the majors.