Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Milwaukee Brewers have placed second baseman Rickie Weeks (knee) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.
Weeks suffered the injury Friday, June 6, when a player slid into his leg. He has been struggling at the plate this season, hitting .210 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. He has struck out 49 times but has walked 30 times. The problem he has is that he has more strikeouts than he has hits (48) so far this season. He has hit in the leadoff spot in all but one game this season.
The 25-year-old had an injury-plagued 2007 season in which he hit .235 with 16 home runs, 36 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He was bothered by a sore wrist during last season and was put on the disabled list. Weeks did have a strong September to finish the season, hitting .245 with nine home runs and 14 RBIs. Over the last three seasons, he stole at least 15 bases, but his highest average in that span was .279 in 2006.
From a fantasy perspective, Weeks was seen at the start of the season as a promising young player coming off a great end to the 2007 season. However, he has not been able to keep up that pace and likely has disappointed several fantasy owners. Owners should put him on their disabled list if they have the room because he still has time to put up decent numbers. If there is no room, he should be stashed away on the bench.
The Brewers have several options to take over at second base. Infielder Joe Dillon started there in one game over the weekend and may receive the first crack at the job. In 39 at-bats this season, he is hitting .282 with three doubles, three RBIs and one stolen base. Dillon had a short but productive stint with the club last season, hitting .342 and recording 10 RBIs in 76 at-bats.
Another option could be infielder Craig Counsell. He also started at second base in one game over the weekend. In 76 at-bats this season, he is hitting .224 with six doubles, five RBIs and one stolen base. There is a possibility that the Brewers may play Dillon versus left-handed pitchers and Counsell versus right-handed hurlers.
Second baseman Hernan Iribarren, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville, could also see some time at second. He was up for a brief time earlier this season, going 2-for-6 with a double and one RBI. He may be the backup option for the Brewers in case the other two do not pan out. He hit .273 at Nashville but had 14 steals; the Brewers could use him if they want more of a leadoff hitter.
There's a remote possibility that the team moves disgruntled third baseman Bill Hall over to second base. Hall has played 95 games at second in his career; his last time at second came in '06, when he played four games there. The Brewers already moved him from the outfield to third base this season, so it might be risky to try him at another slot on the field.
Fantasy owners should look outside the organization for a short-term replacement. However, NL-only owners could take a look at any of these players if they are desperate. If Hall makes the move, though, he could be a helpful addition in deep leagues.
About Tim Piotrowski
Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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