Weeks On Mend For Brew Crew
Weeks is working his way back into the line-up.
Weeks is working his way back into the line-up.

Posted Sep 13, 2011

Manager Ron Roenicke admitted it felt good to finally write second baseman Rickie Weeks' name in the starting lineup on Sunday.

"That was nice to see," said Roenicke.

Weeks returned to the lineup for the first time since badly spraining his left ankle on July 27, playing only four innings as previously planned. Roenicke hopes to work Weeks back in gradually with hopes of having him full-go by the final week of the season, if not before.

Weeks, not surprisingly, was all smiles about being back on the field.

"It felt good, finally, to be back out there with the guys," said Roenicke. "And to come out of it with a win (3-2 over the Phillies) just makes it that much more special."

Week's return is crucial to the Brewers to avoid teams from pitching around cleanup hitter Prince Fielder. Others tried in the fifth spot have not fared well, and Roenicke believes the return of Weeks to the five-hole will make a big difference.

In his two at-bats Sunday, Weeks walked and was hit by a pitch.

"I think he trusts that he can do everything he needs to do," said Roenicke. "Not at 100 percent, but he feels like he can get to the bag and turn two.

"And if he hits a double, he feels he can keep his pace enough to get to second base. Obviously, we're not going to hit and run and steal with him and all that. But I think he's confident in everything that he can do."

Roenicke said he wasn't sure how many games it will take before Weeks is ready to go a full nine innings.

"We'll see how that goes," said Roenicke. "We're not quite sure yet."

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