Friday, August 12, 2011
Rickie Weeks says ankle improving
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks can't watch the NL Central-leading Brewers while he's out rehabbing his badly sprained left ankle. He's missed a strong showing so far.
"I was telling the guys before, I'll be there in spirit but I'm not going to watch the game," Weeks said. "I'll be pulling for them, of course, obviously. I'm just waiting for my time to get back."
Milwaukee misses its All-Star second baseman, but the Brewers are 11-2 since Weeks left the lineup.
"I know how I am, I know how competitive I am," Weeks said. "I don't want to be all worked up over something and I can't even play."
Weeks is expected to miss two to four more weeks but said he was ahead of schedule and would consider playing through pain after sustaining a third-degree sprain that included ligament damage two weeks ago.
Right now, Weeks has only been able to run in the pool but can walk without limping and put weight on the ankle. He's also continued throwing but hasn't taken any fielding or batting practice. Weeks was visiting the team physician on Friday night for the first time since the injury to map out a plan for additional work.
"He's really feeling good. I'm surprised he's feeling this good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a great sign."
Weeks, who is hitting .272 with 19 homers and 43 RBIs in 104 games, said he knew he was badly hurt after stretching out to beat a throw in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on July 27.
His ankle turned inward when his foot slipped off the bag and he went tumbling to the ground. Weeks was helped off the field by Roenicke and went to the hospital for diagnostic tests.
Weeks said he wasn't frightened about seriously injuring his ankle for the first time in his career. He went through multiple injuries and surgeries earlier in his career to his wrists and knees but was healthy all last season and signed a $38.5 million, four-year contract in the offseason.
"Things happen. I'm never scared about a lot things. The only things I fear is my mom and God, I can care less about anything else," Weeks said.
The Brewers bolstered their depth at his position just before the trade deadline, acquiring veterans Felipe Lopez and Jerry Hairston Jr. In the meantime, Weeks is just waiting to return.
"You don't want put too much on a timeline," Weeks said. "When I come back if I'm 100 percent or not 100 percent, I can't say. I just want to get back."