A's Get An Influx Of Youth

MLB Draft week is always about youth around baseball, but this week has been even more about youth for the Oakland A's, who have brought up a number of younger players to fill in for injured veterans.

Three years ago, the Oakland A's were extolling the talents of their first-round selection, a second baseman named Jemile Weeks out of the University of Miami. Now they are touting that same player as the newest rookie member of the team.

Weeks made his major league debut on Tuesday and went 0-4 as the A's lead-off hitter and second baseman. He turned two double-plays. On Wednesday, he collected his first major league hit, a double into the left-field corner at Camden Yards.

Weeks isn't going to be the only rookie debuting for the A's this week. According to several reports from Bay Area media covering the A's in Baltimore, A's manager Bob Geren announced before the game that Sacramento right-hander Graham Godfrey will be starting for the A's on Friday.

Godfrey will be replacing Brett Anderson in the rotation. Anderson was placed on the DL on Tuesday with left elbow soreness. Bobby Cramer was recalled on Tuesday to take Anderson's place on the roster. He is currently in the A's bullpen and could be sent back to Sacramento when Godfrey is recalled on Friday.

Godfrey, acquired along with Kristian Bell from the Toronto Blue Jays for Marco Scutaro before the 2008 season, is in the middle of a standout season for the River Cats. In nine starts for Sacramento, he is 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA and a 45:14 K:BB ratio in 50.1 innings. He also threw four shut-out innings on Opening Night for Double-A Midland. His 2011 campaign is a marked improvement over his 2010 season, when he had a 5.33 ERA in 125 innings for Sacramento and Midland.

The right-hander was a Texas League All-Star in 2009. He was teammates with Anderson and Trevor Cahill on the 2008 Cal League Champion Stockton Ports' squad. Godfrey is 26 years old.

In addition to Weeks, Godfrey and Cramer, infielders Scott Sizemore and Adam Rosales have joined the A's from Sacramento this week. Mark Ellis was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, while Kevin Kouzmanoff was optioned to Triple-A.

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