As Opening Day approaches the Oakland Athletics continue making tweaks to the completely unsolved second base spot. After a disastrous attempt to try shortstop Hiro Nakajima at second base in a minor-league start on Saturday, the A’s moved Jemile Weeks to their Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento Sunday.
“It was tough,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said, via the Athletics official website. “He’s had a good spring, certainly offensively more than defensively at this point, but he’s worked very hard on his defense and will continue to work very hard on his defense. It was a difficult cut, but we have to cut our numbers down at some point.”
Weeks had batted .370 in spring training but also missed two weeks of Cactus League play with a shoulder injury. Weeks held the starting role at second for a majority of the 2012 campaign before being demoted to Triple-A in late August, then returning for seven at-bats scattered across September as Oakland rallied to the AL West crown.
The move still leaves a crowded field remaining in the second-base competition as the Athletics grasp for answers. Scott Sizemore, Andy Parrino, Eric Sogard, Jed Lowrie and Adam Rosales each continue to vie for a projected three spots on roster for the regular season. Sizemore entered training camp as the frontrunner, having played well at third base for the A’s prior to tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2012. On Monday, Sizemore inspired optimism in going 4-for-4 to raise his spring training batting average from .171 to .244.