PHOENIX -- The competition at second base hasn't been quite as heated as the A's would have liked during the first dozen games of the Cactus League.
It hasn't been so much lack of performance. The five players competing for the job have a cumulative .353 batting average (24-for-68).
Injuries are the problem. Jemile Weeks hasn't played since last Friday because of a banged-up shoulder. Scott Sizemore returned to the lineup Thursday, but he had been sidelined since Sunday, when he was hit by a pitch on the left hand.
Jed Lowrie (.313), Eric Sogard (.353) and Adam Rosales (.333) have kept the position competitive, but manager Bob Melvin won't really know what he's got until he can see everybody.
He's not likely to see Weeks until the weekend, probably Sunday. The switch-hitting Weeks has been doing some light throwing and has hit from the left side off a tee, but he's not ready to go yet. X-rays on his shoulder revealed only a bruise, but that was enough to shut him down.
"It's a little bit frustrating," Weeks said Thursday before the A's beat Seattle 7-3. "No one wants to be out there 100 percent healthy more than me. You don't want to be in the training room. You want them to see you out on the field, but there's nothing I can do about it right now."
Sizemore, who badly wants the job that belonged to Weeks at this time a year ago, reported Thursday without a bandage on his left hand. He went 0 for 2 with a walk.
"It didn't feel good to go out there and not get a hit," Sizemore said. "But it felt good just as far as swinging the bat."
Young had two of the tougher plays of the day, including charging a ball that was slicing away from him toward the left field line. He caught up to it.
"You do what you have to," Young said. "As a professional you have to make the necessary adjustments. You do it because you want to help the team."
Lowrie hit a two-run homer against the Mariners, but his play of the day may have been battling the sun and high sky to catch a pop fly hit by Mike Jacobs in the second.
"I had a step-and-a-dive play against (Eric) Thames that took me into the hole a bit," Lowrie said. "But the sun ball, that was tough. It came into the sun, then out of the sun, then back into it. Finally I just stuck my glove out and caught it. It was a guess, but it was an educated guess."