SEATTLE — Triple-A Norfolk second baseman Jemile Weeks has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a groin strain.
Weeks, whom the Orioles acquired in the trade for Jim Johnson, was hitting .279 with 10 doubles, four triples, one homer and 17 RBIs, and was 8-for-12 on stolen-base attempts. He was hitting .357 over his past 10 games and has hit safely in 21 of his past 26 games with an at-bat.
Weeks left in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game and hasn't played since.
Even though Weeks didn’t make the big league club during spring training, he has been one of the Orioles’ top choices when they have needed to call up an infielder. When Manny Machado’s appeal suspension was pending, the Orioles considered calling up Weeks, even reassigning him to short-season Single-A Aberdeen so that he could be closer to Baltimore, but he ultimately wasn’t recalled.
The other player the Orioles received in the December trade for the closer, catcher David Freitas, was transferred to Double-A Bowie from Triple-A Norfolk.
Freitas was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago, then sent back to Bowie when catcher Steve Clevenger returned to Norfolk. Freitas was 3-for-9 in four games with the Tides and was hitting .293/.347/.641 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 37 games at Bowie.