Oakland Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks believes his bruised shoulder will be healed enough to where he can return to the lineup on Monday.
Weeks followed up his fantastic rookie season in 2011 with a dismal year in 2012. The 26-year old batted just .221 with two home runs, 20 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 444 at-bats last season. His poor performance cost him the starting job, something he is trying to get back during Spring Training.
The right-handed batter was off to a terrific start in spring, batting .545 with one home run and five RBIs in 11 at-bats. Unfortunately, he bruised his shoulder when he was taken out at second base over a week ago against the San Francisco Giants.
He has not been able to participate in baseball activities since then, and it has been very difficult for him to watch, knowing he is missing precious time to showcase his talents.
“I think it was bad timing,” Weeks explained to the Miami Herald. “But it’s part of the game. So it’s something I have to deal with and just face like a man, and try to get back as fast as possible.”
The Athletics were forced to send Weeks down to Triple-A in late August after he could not get anything going offensively. He was left off Oakland’s playoff roster last season because of his inability to be productive at the plate, even though the organization called him back up at the end of September.
Obviously, if a player needed any more motivation than that to make it back in the starting lineup, then they do not deserve to be a professional baseball player.
Scott Sizemore is currently the favorite to land the starting second base job, and manager Bob Melvin seems content on giving it to him despite the fact that the 28-year old missed the entire 2012 season after he tore his ACL in his left knee in Spring Training.
Even though Sizemore’s offensive numbers in 2011 do not jump off the page, they are better than Weeks’, and that is all that matters.
Weeks will still have a legitimate opportunity to make the Opening Day roster as a reserve player, and could even win the starting job back before the start of the regular season. The fact is he showed great promise in 2011 and that is something that the coaching staff will not forget.