There was a good bit of concern over the fact that Rickie Weeks was not going to have any minor league games to take a rehab assignment upon his recovery from his sprained ankle. After all, Weeks went well over a month without seeing live pitching, and there’s a perfectly good reason why Major League Baseball spends a whole month down in Florida and Arizona for spring training.
But, at the same time, Rickie Weeks is a supremely talented hitter, and although you could see a little hitch or two in his swing his first few times up after his return, he has still been productive. Weeks has only come to the plate 16 times in the five games since his return, but if he is having any serious issues in seeing the ball, they haven’t manifested themselves at all. Weeks is 3-for-10 with six walks and a double since his return, good for a .300/.563/.400 line.
Obviously, we’re talking about a tiny sample here, but there doesn’t appear to be any reason for concern over Weeks’s long layoff. His addition in the fifth spot of the lineup completely changes so many things for the Brewers — behind Braun and Fielder, two .400 OBP hitters, it is the most likely spot to see baserunners, it pushes Casey McGehee back to sixth, and it allows Jerry Hairston to play shortstop, as he will Monday against the CUbs.
It’ll be nice to see Rickie Weeks hit a home run at some point — that will truly signal his return — but for now, the team should feel great about the lineup it can put out there, as the team’s true third superstar is back and ready to power the team into the playoffs and beyond.