DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers traded second baseman Scott Sizemore to the Oakland Athletics for left-handed reliever David Purcey on Friday.

Sizemore was supposed to replace Placido Polanco as Detroit’s second baseman, but was never able to hang onto the job. After losing his roster spot to Will Rhymes out of spring training, he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo but hit just .222 in 17 games.

Purcey started the season with the Blue Jays, but was designated for assignment with an 11.57 ERA in five games. He was then traded to Oakland, where he pitched nine games with a 2.13 ERA.

The Tigers recalled second baseman Danny Worth from Toledo to fill Sizemore’s spot, but held off announcing a move to open one for Purcey, since he will not arrive until at least Saturday.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

Comments (2)
  1. tn says:

    Oakland A’s new math: get rid of an effective 11.57 ERA pitcher and pick up a .222 Triple-A hitter = Addition by subtraction.

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