After some promising seasons as a young second baseman with Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks spent the past two seasons as a reserve outfielder with Seattle and Arizona. Never a great contact hitter earlier in his career, Weeks saw his contact rate settle in at 70 percent in 2015 and 2016, which matched his previous career-low set in 2013. Weeks also saw his strikeout rate climb to 26.3 percent the last two seasons, up from his career rate of 23.6 percent. Now 34 years old and a free agent, Weeks' days as an everyday player are almost certainly behind him. He showed in 2016 that he can still provide some power (nine home runs in 180 at-bats, .450 slugging percentage, .211 ISO), and his five steals in five attempts were a small bonus. If Weeks can secure an MLB roster spot with the Rays in 2017, he projects as a reserve player who will likely see the field primarily against left-handed pitching, considering his 1.010 OPS against lefties last season compared to a .639 OPS against righties.
Weeks is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Weeks has seen an uptick in playing time as of late due to the multitude of injuries plaguing the Rays outfield, but after striking out eight times in the past three games, he'll head to the bench for a night off. Shane Peterson will fill in as the designated hitter Tuesday.
Weeks will serve as the Rays' designated hitter and bat seventh in the order Monday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are short on healthy outfielders with Colby Rasmus (groin) and Mallex Smith (hamstring) on the disabled list, so Corey Dickerson will slot into left field Monday, opening up the DH spot for Weeks. It's the third straight start for Weeks, but he hasn't done much yet to prove deserving of the extra playing time. He's recorded three hits and 10 strikeouts over 17 at-bats this season.
Weeks (shoulder) is back in the lineup as the Rays' designated hitter for Saturday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay TImes reports. After missing two games with some shoulder discomfort, Weeks will dig back in Saturday and bat cleanup against lefty Chris Sale. The fact that Weeks is back in the lineup is certainly an encouraging sign, but there's no word yet on when he'll be able to get back to playing first base.
Weeks (shoulder) is out of the lineup Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. He likely wouldn't have gotten the start even if he were healthy, as the Rays are facing righty Luis Severino. Logan Morrison is starting at first base and hitting sixth. Weeks suffered a bone bruise on his shoulder and also experienced neck soreness after the collision with Brett Gardner at first base Wednesday. He does not expect to need a DL stint, according to SB Nation's Mark A. Suleymanov, and should be considered day-to-day. The next lefty the Rays face will be Chris Sale in Boston on Saturday, so that would likely be the soonest Weeks could return.
Weeks (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run before exiting Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Yankees due to a collision at first base. Weeks hit out of the cleanup spot and opened the scoring on the day in the first inning with a 391-foot two-run shot to left off Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery. It was Weeks' first homer of the season and the veteran's third hit overall. The 34-year-old has proven to be a positive addition throughout spring and in the early going of the regular season, so reports that he'll apparently avoid the disabled list with the bone bruise he suffered in the collision is certainly welcome news.
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