Jace Peterson played with a bad thumb for most of last season

The Braves need to give Jace Peterson the full-time job at second base in 2016.

So Jace Peterson was hurt for most of 2015, not just in the final 4-6 weeks of the season.

Well, that explains a lot.

The Braves’ second baseman admitted Saturday at the Braves FanFest that he injured his right thumb in Los Angeles in late-May. Peterson played through the injury and his results suffered.

Peterson hit .282 in May with a .351 on base percentage. He did well in June, hitting .263 with a .362 OBP. But after the All-Star break, Peterson hit only .221 with a .293 on base percentage. The batting average was down 31 points from the first-half, while the OBP was down 35 points from the first three months of the season.

Surgery was not required after the season, but Peterson did wear a cast on his arm for about six weeks.

Peterson did well overall in his first season as the starting second baseman, but the drop off in his offensive production was a concern.

There has been some speculation Gordon Beckham could split time with Peterson at second base, but on Saturday Beckham talked more about playing third base and splitting time with Kelly Johnson or Adonis Garcia. That could leave second base to Peterson.

The Braves were impressed with Peterson last season. John Hart repeatedly complimented Peterson and preached patience in allowing the young player to get better. With Peterson now healthy, the Braves need to once again give him the full chance to play every day at second base in 2016.


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