Back from injury, A's Scott Sizemore aims for job at new position 

click to enlarge Scott Sizemore was on the bench last year due to injury. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Scott Sizemore was on the bench last year due to injury.

Scott Sizemore was supposed to be Oakland’s starting third baseman last year. Instead, he had to sit and watch as the A’s had one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history without him.

Sizemore tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of spring training last year and missed the entire season. This year, he is back, fully healthy — and now locked in a battle for the second base job.

On Sunday, he played in the field in a game for the first time in more than a year, and he made a diving play at second base — no sweat.

“It felt really good,” he said. “It was just good to get out there in different situations, run around different places, different responsibilities. ... It felt good to be in the field for the first time in a long time.”

Josh Donaldson now holds down third base after coming on strong the final month of last year as the A’s made their playoff push, so Sizemore is battling former A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks at second base. Both A’s shortstops, Hiro Nakajima and Jed Lowrie, also can play second base, a potential complicating factor.

Weeks is known for his terrific springs, too: He hit over .400 in 2011 and .339 with three homers last spring.

Manager Bob Melvin has said that with a head-to-head battle, spring stats will be a major factor — but Weeks has an option left, which is another consideration, along with the fact that Sizemore can play third, providing more versatility.

NOTES: A’s left-hander Andrew Werner started and allowed an unearned run on a walk in two hitless innings during the A’s 14-10 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday. ... Shane Peterson hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Oakland and Michael Choice added a homer in the seventh. ... The Indians’ Michael Brantley was spiked by Donaldson while sliding into third base Monday, and he wound up going to the hospital for stitches in his left forearm.

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