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A’s send Jemile Weeks back to Triple-A

Mar 25, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Not so long ago Jemile Weeks looked like the A’s long-term answer at second base, but they briefly sent him to Triple-A after he struggled in the first half last season and now he’ll begin this year back in the minors.

He hit .370 this spring, but the offseason trade for Jed Lowrie crowded the A’s infield and Weeks has missed time with a shoulder injury.

Weeks was a first-round pick in 2008 and hit .303 with 22 steals in 97 games as a rookie in 2011, but batted just .221 in 118 games last season. And now the A’s have decided to give Scott Sizemore an opportunity at second base ahead of him.

  1. cuppingmaster - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    It’s not yet clear if Sizemore will win the 2B job outright. There is still a possibility of a Adam Rosales/Eric Sogard platoon, or Jed Lowrie being the full-time 2B with one of the former two as the backup.

    • scatterbrian - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Rosales is out of options, so he might have a leg up on making the roster. But all four of the guys you mentioned can play multiple positions in the infield, whereas Weeks can only play 2B. And the front office hasn’t exactly been enamored with Weeks’ defense, so he may be in Sacramento to work on that as well.

      • clydeserra - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        and grant green plays where now?

        There is a log jam that needs to be broken

  2. APBA Guy - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Great to see 3 other A’s fans on this site. Welcome Cuppingmaster from AN.

    Anyway, I thought the lastest “line” if you will was Sizemore at 2B and Lowrie at SS. But there is still a week to go, and I hate to say it, the possibility of an injury clarifying the situation.

    My suspicion is the A’s would like the Sizemore/Lowrie tandem to work out, as they have the most offensive upside, and the battle for bench spots also includes Barton, as Norris and Young are givens. Probably only 2 spots available, since the A’s may want to carry 12 pitchers in April given that the starters aren’t fully stretched out and there aren’t as many rest days this April as there were last year.

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