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Rickie Weeks leaves with ugly ankle injury, headed to DL

Jul 27, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

Cubs Brewers Baseball AP

Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was pulled from Wednesday night’s game against the Cubs after suffering what looked to be a serious left ankle injury on a play at first base in the second inning.

Weeks landed awkwardly on the first base bag after beating out an infield single and immediately hit the ground in pain. He had to be helped off the field by trainers and was unable to put any weight on his left ankle during the short trek to the Milwaukee dugout.

Initial X-rays turned up negative, but MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy heard from the Brewers’ PR staff that Weeks is headed to a local hospital for “diagnostic tests.” The team may be fearing that he suffered some level of ligament damage.

Weeks, 28, is batting .272/.346/.478 with 19 homers and 43 RBI in 104 games. The Brewers used Craig Counsell in his place on Wednesday and would be in real trouble if Weeks is forced to miss significant time.

UPDATE: The Brewers still aren’t sure about the severity of Weeks’ injury, but manager Ron Roenicke said after Wednesday’s game that the second baseman is headed to the 15-day disabled list.

  1. frankvzappa - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    So much for the Brewers’ only chance…they may as well start selling now before it’s too late.

    • JBerardi - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:23 AM

      Don’t shoot the messenger, HBTers. The Brewers have less depth than almost any team in baseball. Weeks is not a guy they can afford to lose.

    • frankvzappa - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:30 AM

      I didn’t know there were that many Brewers fans in the world. I understand some of you thumbs down me regardless of the substance of my post, but how many people were really thinking the Brewers were going deep into the postseason before this? Losing Weeks decreases those already small chances greatly, so you d-bags can thumbs down all you want, but you know I’m right.

      • fless43 - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM

        Well Frank, you’re calling Brewers fans d-bags? Apparently the old saying holds true – It takes one to know one. The Brewers starters 1-5 rank right up there with the Giants and Phillies. They have something like 13 quality starts in a row. With K-Rod and Axford in the bullpen, if the Brewers are in the lead, they essentially have turned their games into 7-inning games. But keep name calling, after all clearly you’re so smart.

      • frankvzappa - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:38 AM

        Actually I think the Brewers are one of the best teams in the majors, they are just not elite like the Red Sox or the Phillies. And I wasn’t calling Brewers fans anything, I was referring to everybody who thumbed me down for stating the obvious. And for the record I was joking about selling, but like the saying goes there’s a little truth in every joke, so…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:27 AM

        Did somebody above actually compare the Brewers starters to the Phillies starters? Lets do a little comparison:
        Greinke: 4.50 Halladay: 2.55
        Gallardo: 3.89 Lee: 3.05
        Marcum: 3.35 ERA Hamels: 2.61
        Wolf: 3.62 Worley: 2.02
        Narveson: 4.41 Kendrick: 3.45

        So in short, the best ERA of the Brewers rotation is marginally better than the 5th starter for the Phillies.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:28 AM

        Shit, sorry about the terrible spacing in my post above. It didn’t look that way when I hit the post comment button. I don’t know what happened. I do know that it would be a good opportunity to use an edit function if one existed.

      • tiffanybprice - Jul 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

        actually, drmonkeyarmy, i think what you meant to say is that the brewers best starter’s era this year is marginally better than the phillies 7th starter! … sorry fless, while i have 3 of the brewers 5 starters on at least one of my fantasy teams, it’s not even a close comparison when looking at the two rotations.

  2. ddjesus - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Don’t quit your day job Frank… The Brewers are in sole possession of first place right now.

    • JBerardi - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      Do you know how, uhh… time works?

      • dlindstedt2 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM

        DO YOU? How does 15 days equals 2 FULL months of a season.

        They have 1 game left with the crappy cubs (1 game)
        play the Astros next, whom suck (4 games total now)
        The cardinals are right after that, so it may effect those games plus an off day (7 games 8 days)
        Then they play oh look at that, the shitty Astros again (10 games 11 days)
        OFF DAY (10 games 12 days
        Then again another 3 game series of the Cardinals (13 games 15 days)

        And in all of that time guess what, that only bring us to August 11th. With games still going to September 28th. So again, how does 15 days equal out to 2 full months of a season. You can’t sit here and tell me they dont have a chance to sweep the cubs, the astros both times and win at least 1 or 2 games in each of the series with the Cards. Sorry bud. But maybe time is against you

  3. ddjesus - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    My point is that the Brewers are in the lead of the Central and they are obviously contending… Why would they start selling? I can’t believe how many trolls are loitering hbt…

  4. houseofcards21 - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Wow its amazing how closely people read the articles…at a minimum 15 days. Now if the tests come back that he suffered any kind of ligament damage then hes done for the year. 4-6 at least for a broken ankle…10-12 to resume normal walking and very little athletic functions if its ligament. Even being a Cardinals fan it hard to see something like this. Its more fun when its a tight race with the best players of a team on the field. Hope for the best for him.

    • houseofcards21 - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

      ok well its 3-6 weeks so not that bad.

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