Fortunately for the A's, Cliff Pennington has managed to hold his own at shortstop the past two seasons.
Originally, the A's figured Pennington would bridge the gap between former Rookie of the Year winner Bobby Crosby and their shortstop of the future, Grant Green.
Green's path to the Majors has been stalled, and perhaps detoured, by a position change to center field in the middle of this past season.
The A's may still convert him back to the middle infield if they feel his defense is improved enough to justify keeping him over for Pennington.
On the Major League level, the A's have Adam Rosales and Eric Sogard (both profiled last week with the third basemen) as the primary backups and utility players. Adrian Cardenas is another option as a backup and utility in the near future in Oakland.