As if it could not get any worse for the Milwaukee Brewers, second baseman Rickie Weeks has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. Weeks still needs to get an MRI to find out exactly what the problem is, but the Brewers knew it was serious enough to place him on the disabled list regardless.
“He pulled it pretty good,” manager Ron Roenicke said, according to Brewers.com.
Weeks suffered the injury in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s 6-1 win against the San Francisco Giants. While running down the first base line, he stumbled over his bat and fell to the ground. The entire image did not look good as he remained on the grass in pain and clutched his left hamstring. He was immediately helped off the field and never returned.
Infielder Scooter Gennett, who Milwaukee had just optioned to Triple-A Nashville, will be recalled to start at second base in place of Weeks. Typically, players who are sent down to the minors have to wait 10 days before they can be called back up. However, there is an exception if that player is replacing an injured player who is placed on the disabled list.
Hopefully, Gennett will have better luck this time around than his previous 22 games in which he batted .231 with one home run and five RBI in 52 at-bats. It is imperative that he treat the second chance as a fresh opportunity to show the ball club he is capable of playing at a high level in the majors.