Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks will miss the rest of the season because of torn tissue in his left wrist, a severe setback for the NL Central leaders.
Weeks, who had a similar injury to his right wrist in 2006, hurt himself while striking out Sunday in St. Louis. He left Busch Stadium wearing a brace and underwent an MRI exam Monday in Arizona that revealed the extent of the damage.
“We’re going to miss the guy,” manager Ken Macha said before Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. “He was having a tremendous year, a great start. But nobody’s going to feel sorry for you.”
The Brewers had won 11 of 13 and led the division by 11/2 games, recovering from a 4-9 start with Weeks as a catalyst.
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“I was enjoying myself watching him play,” Macha said. “This is one tough guy, a grinder, very intense. It’s a shame.”
The oft-injured Weeks was hitting .272 with nine home runs and 24 RBI. His homer total ranked second among NL second basemen behind Philadelphia’s Chase Utley, who had 10.
General manager Doug Melvin said Weeks had a torn sheath, which keeps the tendons in place in his wrist, and will likely have surgery this week, likely on Wednesday. Recovery time is four to six months.
“Rickie was making progress. He was showing he could be the kind of player we all thought he could be,” Melvin said.
“You feel bad for the team, but you feel bad for Rickie, too,” he said. “He put so much work into it.”
Craig Counsell filled both of Weeks’ roles, second base and leadoff, on Monday, and was hitting .339 with a homer and seven RBI. Macha said the 38-year-old Counsell is not likely to be the everyday second baseman because of his versatility off the bench, noting also that he had some knee problems in spring training. Macha said rookie Casey McGehee would probably get two starts against left-handers in Houston later this week.
Delgado will have surgery
New York Mets slugger Carlos Delgado will have arthroscopic surgery today on his right hip, and there’s no immediate word on when he might return to the lineup.
The Mets, who entered Monday leading the NL East by a half-game over Philadelphia, said Delgado has a bone spur and a torn labrum in his hip. Team spokesman Jay Horwitz said no timetable for Delgado’s return will be decided until after the operation.
Guerrero back within a week?
Vladimir Guerrero is ready to play again. The Los Angeles Angels appear ready to oblige.
Manager Mike Scioscia said his slugger is on track to begin a short minor league rehabilitation assignment Thursday or Friday and could be activated to return to Los Angeles’ lineup as soon as Memorial Day.
It will be the first games of any kind since April 15 for the eight-time All-Star and key to the Angels’ lineup. Guerrero was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 18 with a torn right pectoral muscle.
Postseason games to start earlier
Most World Series and American League Championship Series games will have an earlier start on Fox this year.
The network said weeknight games will begin at 4:57 p.m. PDT, more than a half-hour before last year’s first-pitch times. The start of Saturday night games could be even earlier, and Sunday games will continue to begin following the conclusion of the network’s NFL coverage.
The Florida Marlins selected the contract of right-hander Brian Sanches from Triple-A New Orleans. … Tom Ricketts, who heads his family’s bid of nearly $900 million to buy the Chicago Cubs from Tribune Co., has turned to three banks for financing. … Braves left-hander Tom Glavine threw three simulated innings, another step in the 300-game winner’s plans for a rehab assignment this week. … The Colorado Rockies purchased right-hander Joel Peralta’s contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace injured reliever Matt Daley on the roster. … The St. Louis Cardinals hope center fielder Rick Ankiel and pitcher Chris Carpenter both can rejoin the team Wednesday. … Jason Kendall of the Brewers singled in the second inning for his 2,000th hit, becoming the eighth full-time catcher to reach that milestone. … The Reds say dizziness prompted first baseman Joey Votto to skip the team’s flight home from California and seek precautionary medical testing in San Diego. … The Pirates claimed right-handed reliever Steven Jackson off waivers and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. … The Tigers say right-hander Juan Rincon has chosen free agency over an outright assignment. … Rangers closer Frank Francisco threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday in Detroit. Francisco, who hasn’t appeared in a game since May 6, went on the disabled list Saturday with right biceps tendinitis. He is eligible to come off the DL on Friday. … Twins outfielder Delmon Young won’t rejoin the team until Friday at the earliest. … The Oakland Athletics put pitcher Dan Giese on the 15-day disabled list and recalled left-hander Gio Gonzalez from Triple-A Sacramento. … Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox was 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket.