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Rickie Weeks Returns To Brewers From Disabled List

On July 27, the Brewers were battling the Cardinals and the Pirates for first place in the NL Central, and then second baseman Rickie Weeks went down with a severe ankle sprain. The injury was expected to keep Weeks away for several ... weeks ... and the Brewers looked to be up against it.

Fast-forward to September 8. Instead of sinking, the Brewers have established a huge division lead, and even better, Weeks is back:

Rickie Weeks has been activated from the Disabled List and will be active tonight.

Weeks will not start out of the chute, instead being limited to pinch-hitting duties for a short while. But he should be back to full strength at the plate and in the field before long, in plenty of time for the playoffs.

Weeks returns to an .825 OPS and 19 home runs. Since his injury, the Brewers have leaned heavily on Jerry Hairston Jr., who has done a fine job. Hairston will soon assume his more familiar utility role.

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Brewers Acquire Felipe Lopez From Rays

The Milwaukee Brewers lost All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks for three to six weeks because of a serious ankle sprain on Wednesday. The only internal options to replace Weeks were Craig Counsell and Josh Wilson on the major-league roster, which aren't exactly inspiring from an offensive standpoint. Considering this, the Brewers acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash considerations.

Of course, Lopez hasn't done much with the bat since 2009, when he hit .310/.383/.427 with the Diamondbacks and Brewers. This year with the Rays, Lopez hit .216/.248/.320, and he was benched because of a lack of hustle before being demoted to AAA. He seemed to find his stroke a little bit in Durham, though, hitting .305/.357/.474 in 190 at-bats. He's only 31, so there's a chance that he's not finished after all.

The Brewers didn't reacquire Lopez to start -- and according to Tom Hadricourt, he'll start at AAA Nashville for now -- so they might go with the patient ways of Craig Counsell after all, but at the very least, Lopez provides a little depth on the bench if they decide he's worthy of a roster spot.

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Rickie Weeks Injury: Ankle Sprain Knocks Brewers All-Star Out 3-6 Weeks

On Thursday, we have somewhat definitive word on the extent of Rickie Weeks' injury. Wednesday night, the Brewers' All-Star second baseman injured his ankle sprinting to first. After falling to the ground, he was removed from the game and couldn't put weight on his left foot. X-rays were negative for any broken bones, but the Brewers put Weeks on the disabled list anyway anticipating tendon or ligament damage, and now Tom Haudricourt shares the bad news:

calling Weeks' injury "severe ankle sprain." No surgery needed. Expected to be out anywhere from 3-6 weeks.

Well, it's bad news and good news, I guess. The bad news is that Weeks could conceivably be out for a month and a half. The good news is that he shouldn't be out any longer than that, and surgery easily could've ended his season. It doesn't look like he's dealing with any significant tears.

Said Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash:

"He has a number of issues in the ankle," said Ash. "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."

The Brewers currently lead the NL Central by a half-game over the Cardinals. However, their second baseman is out for 3-6 weeks, their shortstop is Yuniesky Betancourt, and Craig Counsell is hitless in his last 38 at bats. That is a team in dire need of infield help, and that is a team that's almost certainly going to find a way to get some before the Sunday trade deadline.

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Rickie Weeks Injury: Brewers Recall Eric Farris To Replace Weeks

Via Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt, we learn who will replace the injured Rickie Weeks on Milwaukee’s 25-man roster:

#Brewers GM Doug Melvin confirms on WTMJ radio show this morning that 2B Eric Farris is coming from AAA Nashville to replace injured Weeks.

Farris is a 25-year-old infielder who has played two seasons at Triple-A Nashville with a .663 OPS, so he can’t be considered a long-term answer for Weeks, whose injury sounds as if he might miss considerable time. The Brewers can’t go very long with Craig Counsell, who turns 41 next month and who almost literally cannot hit any more (he has no hits in his last 38 at-bats dating back to June 10).

So the Brewers will likely hit the trade market hard; they have been linked to the DodgersJamey Carroll, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. But Olney also tweets another possibility:

Assuming that the Brewers will begin considering possible options at second base, remember Mariners have Adam Kennedy, too, available.

The Cubs would probably part with Blake DeWitt, who can play second base (and bats lefthanded), if Milwaukee were interested.

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Rickie Weeks Injury: Brewers Second Baseman Going On DL

Wednesday night, Brewers All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks was removed from a game against the Cubs after injuring his ankle running out an infield single. Weeks went to the ground and then couldn't put any weight on his left foot as he came off the field. The early word was somewhat promising, as x-rays on Weeks' ankle were negative, meaning he didn't have any breaks. But still, from Tom Haudricourt:

Roenicke says Weeks will go on DL.

Why is Weeks going on the disabled list? Because, as Haudricourt notes in another tweet:

2B Rickie Week has tests bring done on left ankle. Expected to be out " a while" said Ron Roenicke.

Weeks doesn't have any breaks, but the Brewers suspect that he may have sustained some tendon or ligament damage. That would only be revealed by an MRI, and not an x-ray. And that kind of damage can be a really big deal.

We don't know yet how long Weeks will be out, but we know he'll be out for at least the next 15 days. This only puts more pressure on general manager Doug Melvin to find an infield upgrade, which he was already seeking, given that his starting shortstop is Yuniesky Betancourt. The Brewers have been linked to Jamey Carroll for quite some time, but there are a lot of options out there, and a pretty considerable need.

What a time for Craig Counsell to be hitless in his last 38 at bats. Put another way, Counsell's last hit came on June 10.

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Rickie Weeks Injury: X-Rays Negative On All-Star's Ankle

I come bearing good news for Brewers fans, Rickie Weeks fans, and fans of seeing Jamey Carroll stay in Los Angeles alike. Weeks was removed from a game Wednesday night after injuring his left ankle legging out an infield hit. He couldn't put any weight on his left foot leaving the field, but where that seemed like a bad sign, Chris Withers has encouraging words:

X-Rays negative on Rickie Weeks from Mark in our booth right now on . Got a text from Doug Melvin.

So, there's no break. That's terrific. Weeks is not yet out of the woods - he could have a pretty bad sprain or a tear of some sort, and he could still have to go on the disabled list - but this news eliminates a few of the really bad scenarios, and it's still possible that Weeks returns to the lineup in just a matter of days.

Even if Weeks does emerge from this episode relatively unscathed, one can still expect the Brewers to light the phone lines on fire in search of infield help. One of their starting infielders is Yuniesky Betancourt! I know!

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Rickie Weeks Injury: Brewers All-Star Hurts Ankle, Removed From Game

Right in the middle of the race, the Milwaukee Brewers have been searching the market for an upgrade at shortstop. So the last thing they needed was for something to go wrong at second base. Unfortunately, during a game against the Cubs Wednesday night, something has gone wrong at second base, as All-Star Rickie Weeks injured his ankle.

Some animated footage:

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Weeks was running out an infield single when he stepped on first base the wrong way. He tumbled to the ground in a heap and was unable to leave the field under his own power, as he couldn't put weight on his left foot. That's not necessarily disastrous but it's a bad sign, and we're awaiting word on his condition.

Weeks was replaced by Craig Counsell, who is bad. The Brewers' infield depth is miserable, and if Weeks and his .800+ OPS have to miss a significant amount of time, the team could be in trouble. Expect GM Doug Melvin to go through a lot of coffee in the coming days.

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