Tag:Rickie Weeks
Posted on: September 6, 2011 8:27 pm

Brewers' Weeks could return this weekend

Rickie WeeksBy C. Trent Rosecrans

More good news for the Brewers -- who pretty much sealed up the National League Central will last night's win in St. Louis -- as second baseman Rickie Weeks could be activated this weekend, manager Ron Roenicke told reporters before Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

Weeks, who has been out with a severely sprained ankle since July 27, will return as a pinch-hitter at first with just short stints in the infield, hoping to get him ready for the postseason.

"We wouldn't be activating him to play second base a lot, we would easy him in," Roenicke said (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). "We haven't gotten there yet."

The timing is good, as Jerry Hairston Jr., Weeks' main replacement, left Monday's game with neck stiffness and was out of the lineup on Tuesday.

Weeks is hitting .272/.346/.478 with 19 homers and 43 RBI in 104 games this season.

Weeks has yet to run the bases, but had what Roenicke deemed "a really good day" in Monday's workout.

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 1:27 pm

Report: Weeks working hard on comeback trail

By Matt Snyder

Brewers All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks hasn't played since July 27, as he's been on the disabled list with a badly sprained ankle. Amazingly, the Brewers are 24-5 since Weeks went down, but that's just a coincidence. The lineup is obviously much better with the power-speed combo Weeks in there. Evidently Weeks is very motivated to join in on the winning, because reports from Milwaukee say Weeks is working his butt off in trying to get back on the field. In fact, one Brewers "staffer" told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he's never seen a player rehab harder than Weeks currently is.

Weeks, 28, is hitting .272/.346/.478 with 19 home runs, nine steals and 71 runs scored this season. There is no timetable for his return, but a minor-league rehab stint is unlikely with the season in the minors ending in just a few days.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:51 pm

Brewers acquire Lopez from Rays

Felipe LopezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The same day the Brewers officially placed Rickie Weeks on the disabled list, they added an infielder -- trading for Felipe Lopez of the Rays.

Lopez, a former All-Star, was with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate in Durham and was acquired for cash considerations, the Brewers announced. He will report to Milwaukee's Triple-A team in Nashville.

Lopez played in MIlwaukee at the end of the 2009 season and has played for a total of eight different teams in parts of 10 seasons, but has lasted nowhere more than four seasons. This season he landed in Joe Maddon's doghouse after flipping his bat following a home run and then two weeks later benched him for lack of hustle.

In 32 games for the Rays, he hit .216/.248/.320. At Triple-A Durham, he's hit .305/.357/.474 with seven home runs and 37 RBI.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:27 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 11:54 am

Weeks won't need surgery, out 3-6 weeks

Rickie Weeks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brewers second baseman will be out three to six weeks with a "severe ankle sprain," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Although it's being called a sprain, Ash said there is more to the injury than a simple sprain.

"He has a number of issues in the ankle," Ash said. "I can't get into those things. There are so many moving parts in there. It's tough to put an exact timetable on it."

Weeks will not need surgery, Ash said.

The Brewers had already been talking to the Dodgers about infielder Jamey Carroll, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported, but Weeks' injury could intensify those talks (as could the impending non-waiver trade deadline). Gurnick writes the team isn't looking to just dump Carroll's salary, but also insisting on a prospect or prospects in return -- even though the Brewers have no surplus of prospects.

Carroll is hitting .291/.362/.356 for the Dodgers this season, playing shortstop and second base. He has alos played third base and all three outfield spots in his career. He is making $1.8 million this season. 

Milwaukee called up infielder Eric Farris from Triple-A Nashville to take Weeks' spot on the roster. 

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 1:25 am

Brewers' Weeks leaves with ankle injury

WeeksBy Evan Brunell

Rickie Weeks left the Brewers game in the top of the second inning with an ankle injury, sending bolts of fear into the front office as to how they could possibly replace Weeks as he will hit the disabled list.

"You win a good game and you get bad news," manager Ron Roenike told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Losing Rickie really hurts. What we do offensively, he's a huge part of that."

As Tom Haudricourt of the reported on Twitter, Weeks hit a groundball and took off for first. He "stretched hard with his leg to hit the [first-base] bag before the throw got there and turned his ankle on the base and went tumbling."

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio would later report that MRIs were negative on Weeks, but the team is still looking for damage and have sent Weeks to a hospital over concern he strained a ligament.

"It's just one of those where you have to try to run through the bag, and he got on the unfortunate side," outfielder Nyjer Morgan told the Journal-Sentinel. "It's a tough injury for our team and hopefully we can get him back soon.

"You've just got to handle the adversity; that's all it is. We've got to come together, be a solid, cohesive unit and things should work out."

Already having to deal with no offense or defense out of third base and shortstop, losing Weeks loss opens up second as a position of need -- even if it's a minimum 15-day stay. These days, backup infielder Craig Counsell is a shadow of his former self, hitting .159/.254/.196 in what figures to be his final season. He's not an option.

Milwaukee should have already been on the hunt for someone who can improve the team at short and third, but the Brew Crew really needs to strike for someone who can play all over the infield. Jamey Carroll of the Dodgers makes sense, as he's been linked to many teams thanks to his versatility as well as .291/.363/.358 line in 340 plate appearances.

Of course, keep in mind that other teams will attempt to take advantage of Milwaukee's situation and ask for more in return to give up a middle infielder, which could handcuff GM Doug Melvin. Right now, the best thing for Milwaukee to do is invest in rosary beads and direct good thoughts to Weeks.

There is a live trade deadline chat this Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. Write it into your calendar now!

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:48 pm

Bauer wins Golden Spikes Award

Trevor BauerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick in last month's MLB Draft, won the Golden Spikes Award as USA Baseball's top amateur player on Friday.

The right-hander went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 16 starts for UCLA this season nd also led the country with 203 strikeouts. The 203 strikeouts was a Pac-10 record, eclipsing the mark set by USC's Mark Prior.

He's been compared to Tim Lincecum because of his unorthodox mechanics, but he's bigger than the Giants' ace.

Bauer was one of three finalists for the award, along with Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann and Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen. Jungmann was drafted 12th overall by the Brewres and Hultzen went second to the Mariners.

The last 10 winners of the award were Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, David Price, Lincecum, Alex Gordon, Jered Weaver, Rickie Weeks, Khalil Greene and Prior.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 3:36 pm

Justin Upton on hometown fans booing and more

By Evan Brunell

At the All-Star FanFest helping Pepsi Max get the word out about a promotion that could bring baseball legends to your hometown to play a game, Justin Upton spoke to CBSSports.com about the Home Run Derby, as well as Arizona's surprising contention.

Upton was glowing in his review of the fans as he's been able to connect with the fans in a way that caused them to shower him with their love and support throughout the All-Star festitivites. However, that showed up in a negative fashion Monday night during the Home-Run Derby when NL Derby captain Prince Fielder was showered with boos for selecting teammate Rickie Weeks to participate in the Derby ahead of Upton. Upton called Weeks treatment "unfair," as he had to contend with "Just-in Up-ton" chants en route to mustering just three home runs and being knocked out in the first round.

As for 'Zona staying in the postseason chase, Upton attributes that to simply playing hard for all 27 outs. To continue staying in the thick of the race, though, Upton says that the team needs more pitching -- but what team doesn't?

He also spoke about the possibility of Rays center fielder B.J. Upton joining the Diamondbacks in a trade, saying he'd welcome the opportunity to play with his brother.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:32 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Prince FielderPHOENIX -- Prince Fielder's son was ready to throw down -- he wanted a fight.

"I had to tell them to calm down, it was nothing personal" Fielder joked afterwards. The boos didn't get to him -- but they did get to his son. And his teammate, Rickie Weeks.

As soon as Weeks was introduced, the boos started for the Brewer who was picked by Fielder to represent the National League. Instead, the crowd at Arizona's Chase Field made it perfectly clear who they had hoped to see in Monday's Home Run Derby.

"We want Upton," half the crowd chanted.

The other half of the crowd chanted, "Jus-tin, Up-ton," making it perfectly clear the hometown fans wanted to see their All-Star representative, Justin Upton, in the Home Run Derby.

Weeks responded with just two home runs and was eliminated after the first round. But he noted he knew why the fans booed him, but couldn't understand them actually doing it.

"I could care less, but of course you don't want anyone booing you at the All-Star Game," Weeks said. 

Upton, for the record, supported Weeks, tweeting during the derby:

Justin Upton 

The crowd reserved the loudest boos for Fielder, who was the team captain and selected Weeks, along with the Cardinals' Matt Holliday and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. Fielder's three selections went into the game with a combined 53 home runs, but managed just 10 combined in the first round (not counting Holliday's two in a swing-off loss to Fielder and David Ortiz).

Fielder won some of the fans over when he hit five homers in five swings during the swing-off round, but then managed just four in the second round to finish the day for the National League.

Despite the loss, Fielder said he wouldn't have done anything different in picking his squad: "No, it was cool. I picked the guys I wanted to pick," Fielder said. "If they have a problem, tell them another person should have been captain."

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