By John Hickey
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 5:48 pm in 2013 regular season.
After the A’s closed out a 4-2 homestand Wednesday with a 7-5 win over the Astros, there was a sizeable group of media surrounding rookie first baseman Shane Peterson, who’d gotten his first big league hit in the game.
Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon looked over at the scrum surrounding Peterson and laughed.
“He’s got one hit,’’ Colon said through an interpreter. “I’ve given up over 2,000.’’
Peterson, told that later, laughed, too.
“That’s what I like about this clubhouse,’’ he said. “Not that I’ve been in many big league clubhouses. But everybody here is loose and easy going.’’
Peterson was the starter at first base both Tuesday and Wednesday with Brandon Moss away at the birth of his second child. With Moss due to have his paternity leave end Thursday, Peterson will be heading back to join Triple-A Sacramento.
“When you’re on the field you don’t think about it much,’’ Peterson said. “I’m just thankful to have had the opportunity. It makes me want to come back all the more.’’
Peterson drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, then got his hit up the middle in the fourth. He later scored his first run.
“For me, the first hit was the big one,’’ Peterson said. “It’s only five at-bats, but it’s great to get that one out of the way.’’
–A’s catcher Derek Norris was feeling a little woozy mid-game, having taken a foul ball off his mask.
He let the coaching staff know, and they lifted him and had him undergo an X-ray just to make sure there was no damage. None was found, although Norris was still in some pain well after the game was over.
“I’m not sure what got me, but I wasn’t feeling good back there,’’ Norris said. “I wasn’t sure where it was but the doctors told me it was on the left side.’’
The A’s have the luxury of carrying three catchers, given that third baseman Josh Donaldson is a converted catcher. So if Norris isn’t ready to go on Friday, Oakland would still have a starter in John Jaso and a backup in Donaldson.
Not that Norris expects to miss any time.
“I’ll always be ready,’’ he said. “I think I’m day-to-day, and we have an off-day (Thursday). It’s part of the job.’’