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Rickie Weeks could be activated from the disabled list this weekend

Sep 6, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Rickie Weeks might be activated from the disabled list during a series against the Phillies this weekend.

But he won’t return to the starting lineup right away. The plan is for Weeks to be eased back into action via pinch-hit appearances and short stints in the field.

“We wouldn’t be activating him to play second base a lot. We would ease him in. We haven’t gotten there yet.”

Weeks hasn’t played since July 27 due to a severely sprained left ankle. The All-Star second baseman has yet to run the bases, but Roenicke said that he had “a really good day” during a workout Monday, showing less hesitation before starting to run a straight line in the outfield. The main goal is to have Weeks ready for the postseason, so with the benefit of a huge lead in the National League Central, the Brewers can afford to take it slow.

Weeks, who turns 29 next week, was batting .272/.346/.478 with 19 homers, 43 RBI, nine stolen bases and an .825 OPS over 469 plate appearances prior to the injury.

  1. The Baseball Gods - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    In my opinion 6 weeks for a severely sprained ankle is pushing it just a little bit. I would be surprised if he doesn’t take at least another week or two just to make sure he is 100%. If he pushes it too early he might have a setback, and then the playoffs might not be in the cards at all.

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