After leaving last night’s contest against the Baltimore Orioles, A’s second baseman Mark Ellis appears headed for the team’s disabled list. Ellis exited in the 6th after he strained his right hamstring.
Sizemore, a recent trade acquisition, took over for Ellis after his injury and collected his first hit as an Athletic. Rosales manned the hot corner for the club and was responsible for the A’s only runs of the night.
Oakland Manager Bobby Geren was especially high on Rosales’ contribution
“I like the energy he brings to the team, and obviously the skills he has also,” Geren said. “The impact he made in his first game, although it was in a losing cause, that was our highlight.”
Ellis has seen his 2011 numbers dip well below his career marks. On the year, the 34 year old is only batting .211 while posting a paltry OPS of .533.
The second baseman has mirrored his club’s offensive performance thus far, awful. As a group, A’s batters have been some of the worst in the league this season.
Oakland is expected to replace Ellis with Jemile Weeks, the team’s 2008 first round pick. It will mark the major league debut for the 24 year old. The second baseman has handled AAA well, managing a line of .321/.417/.862 on the year.