Weeks getting closer to return to lineup while Sizemore is back in there against Mariners

PHOENIX – A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks hasn’t played since landing badly on his shoulder in a collision at second base last Friday, but he hopes to be playing by the end of this weekend.

Scott Sizemore, another combatant for the second base job that belonged to Weeks at this time a year ago, reported to Oakland’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium facility Thursday without a bandage on his left hand, indicating that he’s ready to play for the first time since Sunday.

    X-rays on Weeks’ right shoulder showed nothing more serious than a bruise, and the switch-hitter has already started to play catch and to swing from the left side off a tee, although his shoulder still keeps him from throwing or swinging with real velocity.

“It’s a little bit frustrating,’’ Weeks said Thursday morning. “No one wants to be out there 100 percent healthy more than me. You don’t want to be in the training room.

“You want to let them see you out on the field, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now.’’

Manager Bob Melvin said he thought Weeks was progressing well enough that he could get in the lineup this weekend, with Sunday a more likely date for a return than Saturday.

Meanwhile, Melvin wrote in Sizemore in the Thursday lineup against an Oakland A’s split squad team.

“A complete day of rest was good for it,’’ Sizemore said. He’d been hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday. “Two days ago, I couldn’t grip a bat. I came out early today for some batting practice and it went well.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.