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Weeks will head to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle after being injured running out a throw to first in the Brewers' 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. There's no timetable yet on when he can return.
"He's going to be out a while," manager Ron Roenicke said. "You win a good game and you get bad news. It hurts. Losing Rickie really hurts. What we do offensively, he's a huge part of that."
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Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said the ankle wasn't broken, but Weeks went to the hospital for further tests to check for ligament damage.
Prince Fielder hit his 23rd home run and Zack Greinke (8-4) worked effectively into the seventh inning as Milwaukee kept pace in the crowded NL Central, but losing Weeks will be a huge blow to the Brewers' postseason chances.
"It's tough. He's a great guy to have out there. He plays as hard as anyone and he's one of my favorite guys to watch," Greinke said. "It's disappointing."
Fielder gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead in the second and Weeks followed with a grounder to Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro. Castro hesitated and Weeks stretched out to beat the throw when his left foot slipped off the side of the bag and turned inward.
Weeks was helped off the field by Roenicke and assistant trainer Dan Wright and did not put weight on the leg.
"He's the toughest guy, we've all seen it. Anytime he's lying around, you figure something's not good," Hart said. "Hopefully it's not as bad as they think, and he's back soon."
General manager Doug Melvin had already been looking for middle infielders to help shore up depth, but this injury may hasten Milwaukee's need to make a deal before Sunday's non-waiver trade deadline.
"Doug and I have both been committed to do anything to improve this team," Attanasio said. "What that means after tonight may have changed."
Weeks was hitting .272 with 19 homers and 43 RBI in 104 games in the first season of a $38.5 million, four-year deal.
"He's not replaceable," Attanasio said.
Zambrano, the subject of trade rumors himself, had been 7-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his previous eight starts at Miller Park, which included his no-hitter against the Astros when Houston was forced to relocate two games in 2008 due to Hurricane Ike.
But Zambrano (7-6) left one pitch hanging to Fielder, who hit his first homer since his three-run shot for the National League in the All-Star game. Fielder had been slumping with only three extra-base hits in his previous 57 at-bats before the homer.
"Everybody has to make change to win," he said before walking away from reporters.
Greinke struck out nine and left with two outs in the seventh after walking Blake DeWitt. Reliever Takashi Saito got Darwin Barney to ground out to end the inning. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the eighth, allowing a warning-track fly ball from Aramis Ramirez that would have tied the game if it had been hit about 3 feet farther.
Axford worked a perfect ninth to end it and surpass Doug Jones' 1997 mark of 25 consecutive saves for the Brewers.
"The last two games, we've put our runs up in one inning and held on," Axford said. "We've had great pitching - starters and relievers."
|Rickie Weeks is helped off the field by Brewers manager Ron Roenicke after injuring his ankle running to first base. (AP)|
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|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.273|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.305|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.219|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.309|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.242|
|Blake DeWitt, LF||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.259|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.324|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|a- Tony Campana, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Russell in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Pena (10, Greinke)|
|CS - Starlin Castro (4, 2nd base by Greinke/Lucroy)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Carlos Zambrano (L,7-6)||6.2||6||2||2||2||3||1||4.59|
|IBB - Fielder by Carlos Zambrano|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 100-65, James Russell 2-2, Kerry Wood 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 8-9, James Russell 1-0, Kerry Wood 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, James Russell 1, Kerry Wood 3|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.259|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.319|
|Ryan Braun, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.323|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.288|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Craig Counsell, PR-2B||3||1||0||0||0||0||3||.155|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||3||.230|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.251|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Zack Greinke, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.208|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- George Kottaras, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.207|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Saito in the 7th|
|2B - Nyjer Morgan (11, Zambrano), Casey McGehee (16, Zambrano)|
|HR - Prince Fielder (23, Zambrano)|
|SF - Yuniesky Betancourt (8)|
|SH - George Kottaras (1)|
|RBI - Prince Fielder (74), Yuniesky Betancourt (37)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Zack Greinke (W,8-4)||6.2||3||0||0||3||9||0||4.50|
|Takashi Saito (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.89|
|Francisco Rodriguez (H,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.14|
|John Axford (S,29)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.61|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 122-74, Takashi Saito 2-1, Francisco Rodriguez 12-11, John Axford 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-4, Takashi Saito 1-0, John Axford 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, Takashi Saito 1, Francisco Rodriguez 4, John Axford 3|
|Attendance - 39233|
|Game Time - 2:36|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Victor Carapazza|