Athletics Moves: Weeks, Jaramillo, Smith, Norberto

Mar 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Jemile Weeks (19) runs out a grounder during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Weeks was out on the play. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Athletics made several roster moves yesterday; activating outfielder Seth Smith from the disabled list, signing catcher Jason Jaramillo to a minor league contract, optioning second baseman Jemile Weeks to Triple-A, and placing left-hander Jordan Norberto on the 15-day disabled list:

Weeks made his debut for the A’s last season, hitting .303/.340/.421 over ninety-seven games with the club. He’s struggled this year, hitting only .205/.305/.302 with fourteen doubles, eight triples and two home runs over 437 at-bats.

Norberto is suffering from shoulder tendinitis. The 25-year-old has maintained an ERA of 2.77 over thirty-nine appearances for Oakland this season.

Smith returned to the A’s lineup last night, collecting two hits and two walks during the club’s 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. The 29-year-old had been out since early August with a hamstring injury. He’s hit .237/.342/.424 over 278 at-bats for the A’s this year.

Jaramillo had spent the season with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double- and Triple-A teams before being released by the club last week. He was a member of the Pirates from 2009-11, hitting at a combined clip of .235/.293/.327 over the three seasons.

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Was demoting Weeks the right move?

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