Jhonny Peralta is currently serving a 50-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic, but he is eligible to return to the Detroit Tigers‘ active roster before the regular season is over.
While his status for the team’s postseason roster is still up in the air, it does appear that he will once again play for the team this season, just not at shortstop.
Instead, the Tigers are moving Peralta to left field, a position he has never played before in the Majors. He will report to the Tigers’ Instructional League on Wednesday and begin the experiment.
The move makes sense, as Jose Iglesias is entrenching himself at shortstop and Peralta has never been known to be very mobile at the position (which is putting it nicely). The Tigers needed to find a new spot for Peralta, and left field makes plenty of sense.
Before his suspension, the 31-year-old Peralta was batting .305/.361/.461 with 11 home runs, 54 RBI and 29 doubles in 397 at-bats. If he picks up where he left off offensively, and doesn’t implode in the outfield, Peralta will be a huge asset for Detroit in the playoffs.