OAKLAND -- The A's have placed first baseman Brandon Moss on paternity leave as he and his wife Allison welcome their second son, Brody, into the world. Moss will miss Tuesday and Wednesday's games against the Astros, and he is expected to travel with the team on Thursday. The A's open up a road series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Moss, who is batting .283 with a team-leading 13 RBI, is allowed to miss up to three days while on paternity leave. The day off before an East Coast road trip likely factored heavily in the decision to induce labor.
The A's have recalled Shane Peterson to take Moss' spot on the roster. He will be making his major league debut on Tuesday, starting at first base and batting eighth. Peterson joined the A's on April 5, in Houston when Moss' wife started going into early labor. He was never placed on the active roster, as the signs of labor subsided.
"The lead-up to the game is probably the most nerve-racking part," Peterson said. "Once the game starts there will obviously be some nerves, but hopefully once everything starts and my adrenaline gets going, I'm on the field in that comfort zone."
Peterson was batting .410 with five doubles and seven RBI in 11 games with the Sacramento River Cats. His .558 on-base percentage leads the Pacific Coast League.
"He's swinging the bat very well, hitting over .400," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Every time I pick up the box score it looks like he gets two or three hits."
Peterson only has one start at first base this season, but says he feels comfortable there. He had been taking additional ground balls at first base with the River Cats to be sure he was ready when Moss ended up having the baby. He may only be getting a cup of coffee at the big league level, but he plans on making the most of it.
"For me right now, the first time being up here, I'm trying to soak it in and make sure this is a positive experience," Peterson said. "I want to go out there and do the best I can."
Peterson's parents are from Southern California and will be in attendance to see their son's big league debut. They also flew to Houston when he joined the A's temporarily just in case Moss had the baby, but he never made his debut. The wait for both the Peterson and Moss families will finally be over on Tuesday. It will be a day neither family will ever forget.