ANAHEIM -- A humbled Jemile Weeks returned to the A's in Anaheim on Monday, but not to the everyday second-base job he left behind when optioned to Triple-A Sacramento three weeks ago.
Weeks joined first baseman Daric Barton and righty Jesse Chavez in making the trek down south, after Sacramento concluded its playoff run Sunday, and he's expected to lend the A's some help off the bench while Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales continue making the majority of starts at second base.
"Whether or not it's some speed off the bench, whether or not it's pinch-hitting, leading off the inning, there are quite a few different avenues we can use him," manager Bob Melvin said. "If he were to come in a game, get a few hits, get hot -- we've shown here we'll play the hot hand from time to time. We are happy with what we have at that position right now, but you're never sure how things are going to work out down the line."
Melvin said he hasn't decided when he'll get Weeks his first start. When awarded one, though, the infielder is looking forward to showing off an improved plate approach. In his time with the River Cats, after batting just .220 in 113 games with Oakland, Weeks worked on raising his bat angle to enable himself to reach the zone quicker.
"Last year it was higher and this year it was falling down," Weeks said. "I feel like I'm in control at the plate now. I think it was the right move for me. I think it was a good adjustment. It's still a work in progress, but at the same time I saw some success with it, so I'll try to stick with it."
The numbers would suggest as much, as Weeks compiled a .333 average with four doubles and 10 RBIs in 10 games with Sacramento.
During that span, he also regained focus and, in turn, confidence.
"I think it was more just being committed to what you're doing at the plate, in the field," he explained. "I'm definitely a confident player, but there were times at the plate where I wasn't committed to what I was doing. It's believing that what you're going to do is going to work. When you face a lot of failure, you might question that."