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Rickie Weeks won’t need surgery for “severe ankle sprain”

Jul 28, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

Cubs Brewers Baseball AP

Good news and bad news on Rickie Weeksugly looking ankle injury from last night.

The good news is that he won’t need surgery. The bad news is that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe ankle sprain” and is expected to be out for “anywhere from 3-6 weeks,” according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.

Ash also told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Weeks “has a number of issues in the ankle” and “it’s tough to put an exact timetable on it,” which certainly suggests the injury is more than just a bad sprain. Haudricourt speculates about ligament damage that potentially could heal without surgery.

Even a six-week recovery timetable would have Weeks playing again in mid-September, but any setbacks along the way could mean missing the remainder of the season and in the meantime general manager Doug Melvin may need to acquire some infield help if the Brewers are going to keep pace in the NL Central race. Right now they’re a half-game up on the Cardinals and 1.5 games ahead of the Pirates.

Milwaukee was repeatedly linked to Dodgers utility man Jamey Carroll even before Weeks’ ankle injury, so adding him as a Weeks replacement makes a lot of sense.

  1. bleedgreen - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Hope its not like Ryan Howard’s sprain last year. He was running a LOT better in the beginning of last year, and seemed to go back to his old lumbering self this year.

    Weeks is a fast dude, hopefully he can recover fully.

  2. browniebuck - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I had a sprain that looked mighty similar on Super Bowl Sunday…I still have swelling and wasn’t able to do much until May. I hope for his sake that they are more aggressive than my doctors were.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Sprains are the worst. They should just break it and let it heal that way. The hospital I went to for mine asked me if I wanted them to do so and I declined but in retrospect I feel I made the wrong choice. My right ankle has a very noticeable ball on it from the sprain. That happened in January 2010.

  4. kmgannon - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    I had a “severely sprained” ankle years ago…some of the ligaments were partially torn, and even though it healed without surgery, I was in a gel-cast splint and on crutches for 14 weeks. That said, I didn’t have access to the types of treatment and therapy Weeks will get. But still…that was one nasty-looking injury; made my ankle scream in pain just watching it.

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