Weeks was hitting .243 with five homers and 16 RBIs as the
Brewers' leadoff hitter, but had struggled with soreness in his
right wrist due to scar tissue breaking up from season-ending
surgery last year.
Manager Ned Yost said Weeks would initially bat eighth because
of Corey Hart's recent production in the leadoff slot.
"We want Rickie in that lineup, but Corey's really been doing a
nice job and because [Weeks] didn't have the benefit of a rehab to
sharpen up, we'll start there and see what happens," Yost said.
"We can do a lot of things that we like to do with Weeks batting
Weeks was placed on the disabled list May 30 and flew to Phoenix
to be evaluated by Dr. Don Sheridan, who operated last year to fix
a tendon that was snapping out of place. The team said Sheridan
confirmed the area he operated on was stable and that the second
baseman had tendinitis.
Weeks received a cortisone injection in the tendon sheath of his
wrist to alleviate the pain and was held out of baseball activities
for several days.
Yost has said Weeks likely will have soreness at
times throughout the season after first injuring the wrist wagging
a bat in the dugout on July 25.
In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers optioned Tony Gwynn
Jr. to Triple-A Nashville. Gwynn made the team out of spring
training but had been used sparingly.
Gwynn hit .301 in 68 at-bats. The leadoff prospect also stole
six bases and was 6-for-19, with four of his eight RBIs as a pinch
"I don't really look at this as Tony getting sent down to
Triple-A, even though he's getting sent down to Triple-A," Yost
said. "I'm looking at it that he's going down to get himself on
track and get some at-bats and be ready to help us again in the