In a surprising move, the Oakland A's optioned struggling second baseman Jemile Weeks to AAA Sacramento on Tuesday.
The move comes on the heels of a trade for SS Stephen Drew, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league infielder Sean Jamieson.
In a corresponding move, the A's designated right-hander Graham Godfrey for assignment to clear space for Drew on the 40-man roster. The A's made a couple of other moves Tuesday afternoon, placing LHP Jordan Norberto on the 15-day DL and activating OF Seth Smith from the 15-day DL.
Weeks' 2012 campaign (.220/2/20) has been a disappointment, especially after he batted .303 in his rookie season.
The A's square off against the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a three-game series in Oakland tonight at O.co Coliseum at 7:05 PM PDT.