Notes: Weeks has cortisone shot

Notes: Weeks has cortisone shot

PHOENIX -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks had a cortisone injection Monday to relieve soreness in his surgically-repaired wrist and will be held out of batting drills for the next few days.

Weeks visited with Dr. Don Sheridan, a Phoenix-based hand specialist who performed surgery on Weeks' right wrist last August to repair a tendon injury. Weeks felt sore after hitting on his own before reporting for Spring Training and was sent back to Sheridan for a checkup.

"The doctor was pleased with the surgical repair," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "X-rays were normal. Actually, the news was quite good."

Weeks will be limited to fielding and bunting work for the next three or four days before trying once again to hit off a tee or participate in soft toss. He is expected to be the Brewers' Opening Day second baseman and most likely will bat leadoff.

"He's just going to have to work his way through it," Ash said.

On the road again: Third baseman Corey Koskie is scheduled to see a concussion specialist at the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and when he reports to camp later this week will not participate in any baseball activities.

Koskie has been sidelined since last July 5, when he suffered a concussion trying to make a sliding catch at Miller Park. He continues to experience side effects, including pressure in his head, sensitivity to light and nausea, and the team has no idea when he'll be able to play again.

Koskie did not return phone calls from several Milwaukee media outlets during the offseason, but told the Winnipeg Sun last week that he is suffering from "post-traumatic migraine" and talked about the frustration he has felt over the past seven months.

"You don't have any broken bones or anything like that," he told the paper. "You look normal to people. And then you can't do stuff. And they just don't understand that."

San Francisco Giants catcher Mike Matheny -- a former Brewer -- was forced to retire last month because of lingering effects from concussions. According to the report, Koskie has found solace in conversations with others who have experienced concussions, including the National Hockey League's Tim Connolly and Stu Grimson.

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"It's like, 'OK, I'm not making this up,'" Koskie said. "What I'm feeling is for real. ... As long as I don't push myself, I think I can get through this."

Fundamental work: The starting pitchers took the practice fields early on Tuesday morning for a refresher course on bunting. Manager Ned Yost was not happy with what he saw in the team's first two workouts.

"We showed them exactly what we wanted in terms of technique," Yost said. "Guys were too far back in the box, not getting their bat out. It was just easier to get them all together and go over it."

Third-base coach Nick Leyva and farm director Reid Nichols ran the mini-clinic. According to Yost, the best of the bunch was newcomer Jeff Suppan.

"It's getting better," Yost said after the full workout. "And they're getting used to the live pitching, too. That makes a difference."

Promo dates: The team announced its 2007 promotional schedule, which includes a team-record and 2007 Major League-high 19 all-fan giveaways.

The schedule is highlighted by 13 bobblehead giveaways on "Retro Fridays," which will honor the 25th anniversary of the 1982 Brewers team that went to the World Series. The other six all-fan giveaways are bobbleheads of current players or wooden "nesting dolls."

For a full list of 2007 offers, visit the promotions page.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.