San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics signed veteran utilityman Mark McLemore on Sunday.
Mark McLemore, who was signed by the Baltimore Orioles this past offseason, was given a one-year contract by the Athletics before being placed on the 15- day disabled list. McLemore underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee several weeks back and will likely be out until at least late April. He was granted his release on Saturday.
Marco Scutaro is expected to start at second base during Oakland's season opener against the Texas Rangers on Monday. Rookie Bobby Crosby will be the A's shortstop this season after Miguel Tejada left via free agency for Baltimore.
McLemore will serve as a valuable asset for a team that is shorthanded on the infield. Second baseman Mark Ellis is sidelined for at least two months and possibly the season with a shoulder injury. Frank Menechino is currently struggling with a calf strain. Both players are on the disabled list.
The A's also optioned starting pitcher Rich Harden to Triple-A Sacramento because they won't need a fifth starter during the first week of the season.