The Padres nearly kept Jemile Weeks on their Opening Day roster after he impressed during Cactus League play, but he ended up getting the call to San Diego when Cory Spangenberg hit the disabled list in mid-April. Weeks suffered a hamstring strain a few weeks later and never made it back, finishing the abbreviated campaign with a .404 OPS in 17 games with the Padres. Now 30 years old, the interest in his services figures to be tepid at this stage of his career. Moreover, he'll need to prove he's completely healthy to earn a look from another club during spring training, and that opportunity may only happen because of an impressive 10-game stint with El Paso (.306/.405/.500) before his promotion. Weeks elected free agency in October after being outrighted back to Triple-A by the Padres, and he'll compete for a roster spot with the Cubs during spring training after signing a minor league deal with Chicago.
Weeks has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs, Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune reports. The versatile Weeks hit free agency at the end of the season after refusing an outright assignment to the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. After roughly two months, Weeks has found a new club as he inked a minor league deal with the Cubs this week. Weeks is a career .254/.316/.352 hitter with 41 stolen bases over parts of six major league seasons. He provides some organizational depth at a few different spots, but Chicago's roster is currently too deep to where Weeks has a clear path to making the major league roster.
Weeks became a free agent after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He played in 17 games for the Padres in 2016, spending a significant portion of the season on the DL with a hamstring injury. Weeks posted a .306/.405/.500 line in 10 games at Triple-A, and he'll likely end up in a competition for a roster spot elsewhere with a minor league deal this winter.
Weeks (hamstring) began a rehab assignment with the Padres' Arizona League affiliate Monday. Weeks has been out since May with a right hamstring strain, but finally seems to be on the road to recovery. There is no clear timetable at this point, but a return to the majors this season isn't out of the question.
Weeks was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. Weeks was transferred in a corresponding move to the team claiming relief pitcher Jake Smith off waivers from the Giants on Wednesday. The second baseman has been out since early May with a hamstring injury, and has suffered a couple setbacks delaying his return to the club. Weeks could be rejoining the team after the All-Star Break, but will need to get through some rehab games first.
Weeks (hamstring) could potentially need surgery done, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Weeks has not been progressing as expected, and is considering getting a cortisone shot. Surgery could become an option if he continues to not see any improvement. In the meantime, Jose Pirela should continue seeing the majority of playing time at second base.