The A’s need a backup shortstop now that their backup, Nick Punto, is headed for the disabled list.
The A’s aren’t done rearranging their roster.
They knew that as soon as they saw Nick Punto round third base, then scramble on all fours to get back to third base.
Punto had to be helped off the field, and manager Bob Melvin said after the game that the consensus was that Punto was heading to the disabled list. He was the A’s second baseman Saturday, but he’s their top backup at shortstop to Jed Lowrie, and the club is going to need a replacement pronto.
In the short term at least, the A’s can promote Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento. He’s been up before and he can play all three infield positions. He’s been playing shortstop for the River Cats while batting .286, and he could fill in at second, third or short, as needed.
The A’s went through 50 players last year en route to their American League West 2012 title, and they are on much the same pace this year.
Michael Taylor is the newest addition to the roster, the Triple-A outfielder getting called up Saturday with Yoenis Cespedes going on the disabled list with a strained left hand muscle.
Thirteen days into a 180-day season, the A’s have made three roster moves, starting seven days ago, when they activated Bartolo Colon while sending Dan Straily down.
There are certain guys you almost can’t help but root for while doing this job, and one of those is Scott Sizemore.
He isn’t possessed of the greatest talent, but he’s a good player who loves the game, plays his heart out and is a terrific teammate.
In pre-game workouts, the A’s had two disabled infielders, Adam Rosales and Hiro Nakajima, working out with the team.
Rosales, who has a rib cage injury, isn’t likely to be back soon, but Melvin said that Nakajima was closer and could head out with the team when Oakland flies to Houston Thursday.
That would depend on how Nakajima, dealing with a left hamstring strain, did in workouts this week. And things seemed to go astray when Nakajima walked off the field after only about 10 minutes or so while the rest of his teammates were early into their workout.
There’s no crunch for playing time in Oakland. Yet.
Bob Melvin, the A’s manager, has been good at keeping the peace in the clubhouse by making sure everyone plays.
At the start of the 2013 season, however, there are early indications it’s not going to be easy for Melvin to get his five outfielders the playing time he anticipates.
Jemile Weeks has gone from one of the favored few to one of the early exits at the Oakland A’s camp.
Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson both were set to Triple-A Sacramento after Sunday’s game.
Both were hitting well, Peterson at .408 and Weeks at .370, but Peterson, a first-year player in terms of the Cactus League, never had a chance of cracking an entrenched outfield.
It was different for Weeks, who had bad luck on a couple of levels to wind up getting shipped back to the minor leagues.
After the A’s dispatched the Dodgers 7-4 Sunday, the club sent down second baseman Jemile Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson.
Those were tough cuts, with Peterson hitting .408 and Weeks hitting .370.
It’s not going to get any easier, but some of the players who will make the team aren’t going to have numbers anywhere close to the numbers of the players just sent down.
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.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Oakland second baseman Scott Sizemore walked into the A’s clubhouse Monday with his left hand heavily bandaged and carrying a packet of official-looking papers.
Good news or bad news? It turned out to be good. The papers were attached to X-rays that the club had Sizemore get on his left hand early Monday morning.
Talk about a guy who can’t catch a break.
Scott Sizemore is hoping that there is no break in his left hand after being hit by a pitch there in the third inning against Colorado Sunday.
He doesn’t need more time away from the game. Sizemore already lost a full season to ACL surgery last year, and as a result, he’s relegated to fighting for a job this year.