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A's activate Ellis, but Weeks should play

Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:06 pm
NEW YORK -- Bob Melvin has made a difference with the A's, but so has Jemile Weeks.

So even though the A's activated second baseman Mark Ellis from the disabled list after Tuesday's win over the Mets, it's hard to see Ellis pushing Weeks off of second base or out of the leadoff spot in the A's order.

Melvin, the new manager who has led the A's to a six-game winning streak, said only that he would address the issue Wednesday, when Ellis arrives in New York and the manager has had a chance to talk to both players. But listen to the way Melvin talks about Weeks, and judge for yourself.

"He looks like he's been leading off for 15 years," Melvin said.

Weeks has only been in the big leagues for 13 games, but he's hitting .362, with a .400 on-base percentage. He walked in both of his first plate appearances Tuesday, stole two bases and scored three runs.

"Against a guy [Dillon Gee] who hadn't allowed a stolen base this year," Melvin said. "The takes were the most impressive thing. He has very relaxed at-bats."

Melvin described Ellis as someone "who has meant as much to this organization as anybody over the last 10 years," but it's clear that Weeks will continue to play. The A's will likely play Ellis some, if only to create interest so they can try to trade him, but Weeks has helped spark the team.

Weeks is the 24-year-old younger brother of Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. He's smaller than Weeks, but A's people talk admiringly about his strength.

They're not as impressed with his defense, the area of his game he obviously needs the most work on.

To make room on the roster for Ellis, the A's sent Daric Barton to Triple-A Sacramento. That move was expected, but it was also symbolic.

Barton was the one A's player who ex-manager Bob Geren seemed to love. Geren wouldn't keep anything constant in his batting orders, other than to hit Barton second every day.

Barton was hitting .212 with a .267 slugging percentage.

Melvin said Conor Jackson will now play regularly at first base.

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