Weeks making impression in limited role

Weeks making impression in limited role

MILWAUKEE -- Considering Rickie Weeks' limited playing time, it was a surprise to see his name among the top five National League second basemen in the latest round of All-Star Game ballot results.

Weeks ranked fourth, perhaps thanks to a Brewers hot streak that helped Milwaukee players invade the leaderboard at every position. Aramis Ramirez was the leading vote-getter among third basemen, while Jonathan Lucroy was second among catchers and Jean Segura second among shortstops. Carlos Gomez was third on the list of outfielders, from which the top three are named All-Star starters.

Weeks, an All-Star in 2011, is much more focused on producing in a platoon role. Starting only against left-handed pitchers, he delivered a leadoff home run against the Rockies on Thursday as part of a three-hit night in a 7-4 Brewers win.

"I wouldn't say adapted, but you have to do what you have to do," Weeks said. "It's one of those things where I'm a professional, so I have to do my job and go out there and perform."

Weeks' leadoff homer was the 26th of his career, trailing only Paul Molitor's 33 in Brewers history. It was also Weeks' first home run in more than a month, since he went deep against the Cubs on May 18.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.