OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland newcomer Stephen Drew arrived at the Coliseum a few hours before first pitch to find his name scribbled into Tuesday night’s lineup.
The Athletics have no plan of easing their new shortstop into things.
Drew was slated to bat second against the Minnesota Twins in his first game with the A’s, less than 24 hours after being acquired in a trade from Arizona in exchange for a minor leaguer.
His arrival coincided with Oakland’s decision to option struggling second baseman Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Sacramento.
The A’s also reinstated Seth Smith from the disabled list and immediately put him in the lineup at DH against Minnesota. Left-handed reliever Jordan Norberto (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL.