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A’s place Mark Ellis on DL, call up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A

Jun 7, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

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Mark Ellis is headed to disabled list with a hamstring injury suffered last night, so the A’s have called up Jemile Weeks from Triple-A to take over as the starting second baseman.

Weeks will be in the lineup tonight as Oakland’s leadoff hitter, which has primarily been Coco Crisp‘s spot in the batting order.

Weeks is the younger brother of Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks and was the A’s first-round pick in 2008. He had mediocre numbers at Single-A and Double-A, but has hit .321 with 10 steals and an .862 OPS in 45 games at Triple-A, drawing nearly as many walks (29) as strikeouts (32) while getting on base at a .414 clip.

He projects as a solid regular rather than a semi-star like his brother and Weeks may have to impress right away to hang onto a roster spot once Ellis is ready to return, but in the meantime the A’s will take an early look at Ellis’ long-term replacement.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Anderson to the DL too. That is 4 of the top 6 pitchers

    • raiderdave - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:40 AM

      Thumbs up to you for being on top of things, but thumbs down to the horrible turn the A’s season has abruptly taken over the past couple of weeks.

      In the span of 15 or so days, Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, Hideki Matsui, and a few other vets just turned into possible offensive spark plugs acclimating themselves to the A’s horrid hitting ballpark into buy-low trade pieces to be watched closely over the next 6 weeks or so. Not exactly what Billy Beane or the A’s loyal fanbase envisioned…

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