The Associated Press' Colin Fly reports Milwaukee Brewers
second baseman Rickie Weeks (wrist) was placed
on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, May 31, retroactive to May 30. He has
missed two straight games but has also been bothered by soreness in his surgically
repaired wrist for much of the season. He will travel to Phoenix Friday, June
1, to visit the doctor who performed wrist surgery on him last year.
Weeks missed a handful of games earlier in May but has still managed to hit .243 with five home runs, 16 RBI, eight steals and 34 runs scored in 169 at-bats over 44 games.
The team has recalled relief pitcher Jose Capellan
from Triple-A Nashville to take Weeks' roster spot. Veteran infielders Craig
Counsell and Tony Graffanino had teamed up
to cover second base during Weeks' absence. It's presumed that the duo will
continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Weeks hasn't had the type of massive fantasy impact many thought he was capable
of being this year, and there should be no doubt that his injury woes have limited
his overall productivity. Despite that, he was still tied for the third-most
steals and tied for the fourth-most runs scored among all second basemen, so
fantasy owners will definitely feel his loss.
One potential replacement is Colorado Rockies second baseman Kazuo Matsui, who may not yet be high on fantasy radars but does have eight steals in just 17 games played. Matsui has been starting regularly since May 21 following his activation from the disabled list for a back injury.
Another possibility is Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Castillo. The 31-year-old is hitting .335 with 30 runs scored in what is a solid Twins lineup. Castillo (legs) only has three steals, and he may not chip in with more than the occasional swiped bag at this stage of his career given his chronic leg issues. However, he has been on fire in May, batting .368 with 24 runs scored.
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