PHOENIX -- Jemile Weeks has gone from one of the favored few to one of the early exits at the 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 Cactus League player, 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.

The second baseman got off to a hot start, but landed badly on his shoulder a week into the Cactus League and missed 11/2-weeks worth of work. By the time he got back, Eric Sogard had gone on a tremendous hitting tear, Adam Rosales was hitting well, too, and Jed Lowrie, the shortstop the A's got from the Astros in the Chris Carter deal, was locking down a roster spot.

"Weeks was a tough decision, because he had a good spring,'' manager Bob Melvin said. "He's been working very hard, and his defense had been coming around.''

In the end, though, Melvin couldn't find as much playing time for Weeks once he came back from the injury, and the fact that Weeks is a second baseman and not able to play all over the infield like Sogard and Rosales worked against him.

Weeks has an option, so he could be sent to the minor leagues. Rosales is out of options, and he's still with the big league club. The same is true for Scott Sizemore, who also is out of options and who also is still with the club despite a .171 spring average.

And Sogard is just one of the spring training comets who streak through Arizona every so often. He's hitting .538 and has hits in 15 of his past 21 at-bats. Sending Sogard down -- now that would be tough.

  • Derek Norris is stuck in a platoon behind the plate with John Jaso, but he's doing his best to unstick it.

    Norris homered off the Dodgers' Josh Beckett in the third inning. It was the fifth home run for Norris this spring. That's the team high, and four of the five have come off right-handed pitchers.

    Jaso, a left-handed batter, is supposed to get most of the at-bats against right-handed pitching. Melvin has said it won't be a strict platoon, and that the right-handed Norris would get a shot against some right-handers.

    Norris has already beefed up his expectations based on what he's done this spring, which includes a .382 batting average and taking excess movement out of his swing.

    "Any extra movement (in his swing) will set me back,'' Norris said. "When they give you an opportunity, you've got to perform.''

    Jaso hasn't had a great spring (.226 with no homers), which can only help Norris' case, but he has a history as a high on-base player with a knack for clutch hits, so that is on his side.

    "Derek has had a nice spring, and he's made a lot of progress on defense,'' Melvin said. "But Jaso has been swinging the bat good, too.''

  • The longest spring continues for Hiroyuki Nakajima.

    He went hitless in three at-bats, stretching his hitless streak to 21 at-bats including 0 for 20 in his past eight starts.

    Melvin has made it clear that given the difficulty of the transition from Japan to the U.S., Nakajima gets extra time to show himself. With only a week left before the season starts on April 1, however, time is running out.

    Nakajima was a career .302 hitter while playing in Japan, and he was signed to be the A's starting shortstop. But the club got Lowrie, last year's starting shortstop in Houston, as insurance, and he could start at short if someone else wins the second base job.

    But Nakajima did homer in a minor league game Saturday, and both he and the A's remain optimistic that things are looking up.

    "I played nine innings today; it was the first time I was able to high 5 guys at the end of the game, and that was good,'' Nakajima said. "The home run (Saturday) was the first time I'd gotten the ball on the sweet spot. I tried to carry that over to today.''

  • A.J. Griffin wasn't happy to allow two homers, but he got the win and he said he felt that with one start left in San Francisco before the season begins. "I'm right where I want to be, feeling good,'' he said.