Brewers expect Weeks in lineup on Tuesday

Brewers expect Weeks in lineup on Tuesday

Brewers expect Weeks in lineup on Tuesday
NEW YORK -- The Brewers expect to have second baseman Rickie Weeks back in the lineup on Tuesday, and manager Ron Roenicke said he'll probably return to the second spot in the order.

Roenicke said things could change on both counts before Tuesday night, when the Brewers and Mets are scheduled to play the finale of their brief two-game series. But Weeks has made significant progress since he was struck on the left hand by a pitch in Friday's win over the Cubs at Miller Park.

X-rays taken after that game revealed no broken bones, but swelling has kept Weeks out of the lineup for three straight games.

"He probably wanted to play today, but he's not 100 percent," Roenicke said. "He may not be 100 percent [on Tuesday], but he's going to be pretty close. I thought one more day, just talking with [head athletic trainer] Dan Wright, is a better way to do it."

The Brewers are hoping Weeks finds his swing after a few days off. The National League's starting second baseman in last year's All-Star Game entered the week batting .158 with 41 strikeouts, tied with Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa for most in the NL.

"[Weeks is] a little different than anybody else. I don't know that a mental break helps him that much," Roenicke said. "For me, sometimes I think it helps. But I don't think when he sits, he kind of relaxes and enjoys the ballgame. I think he thinks the whole time, 'If I was out there, I could be getting my swing back.' I think that's just his mentality, to be out there and grind through everything."

Weeks was supposed to take batting practice on the field Monday, but rain forced both teams to the indoor batting cages.