The Associated Press reports Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (wrist) will miss the rest of the season with a tear in his left wrist. He will likely undergo surgery this week. Weeks initially injured his wrist while striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 17. He underwent surgery on his right wrist back in 2006.
Weeks was enjoying a solid start to the season, batting .272 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in 147 at-bats.
The season-ending injury to Weeks figures to give third basemen Bill Hall and Craig Counsell more consistent playing time. Counsell will likely be shifted over to second base with Hall becoming the regular at third. Both players were stuck in a platoon situation at third base before the injury to Weeks. Casey McGhee will probably spell Counsell some against lefties.
Third baseman Mat Gamel, who was recently recalled from the minors, could see more time spelling Hall at third base.
Counsell is currently batting .339 with one home run and seven RBIs, while Hall is sporting an average of .262 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 32 games.
Fantasy owners of the oft-injured Weeks should immediately drop him. Counsell makes for a sound NL-only pickup, especially with the lack of middle infield depth.
If you lack a sufficient second base replacement in deep mixed leagues and are forced to pick up Counsell, you should only do so with the intention of dropping him once he starts to slide. He isn't a long-term mixed option.
If you have a second base-eligible player to replace Weeks on roster, you may want to look at Hall; he hits in bunches, has 20-homer power and could give you a productive stretch, especially if his playing time increases. Manage his streakiness carefully if you make this move.
Gamel is unlikely to see a huge jump in playing time and should only be considered in NL-only leagues. He's starting at third base Monday, May 18, though, so if you have room to stash him in deep mixed, you may want to see if they keep him in the bigs after he serves as DH in interleague play later this week.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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