PHOENIX -- Soft-spoken Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks aired an uncharacteristic request Thursday about his spot in the batting order: Anything but the five-hole.That's where Weeks finished last season, playing with a sprained left ankle during the Brewers' postseason run. Before voicing his dislike for that slot he might have been an option there again for manager Ron Roenicke. The leading contenders for the leadoff hole and the five-hole are Weeks and right fielder Corey Hart, each of whom has expressed some distaste for hitting fifth. Hart did not like hitting behind Prince Fielder, which is not a concern anymore since Fielder has signed with the Tigers. Weeks said his problem was with that spot itself. "Anything other than five, I'm good," Weeks said. "I feel like I'm not doing anything. You might have people [on base] in front of you, but once you drive them in, you feel like you're stagnant. The game kind of slows down to me.
"I'm the type of person, you get on base and try to score runs. That's my whole thing. ... Being active down there, it's kind of hard to do that."Weeks, who has spent most of his career in the leadoff hole, will tie Gorman Thomas for 10th on the Brewers' all-time runs scored list when he next touches home plate. Weeks enters the season only 73 runs shy of sixth place on that list. He said his ankle is about 95 percent recovered from the nasty sprain he suffered last July. Earlier this week, Roenicke discussed some options for the top five spots in his lineup and said he was leaning toward Weeks or Hart leading off, followed by center fielder Nyjer Morgan, left fielder Ryan Braun (assuming he's not suspended), new third baseman Aramis Ramirez and then Weeks or Hart.
Brewers' television broadcast schedule set
PHOENIX -- Fox Sports Wisconsin declared itself the "exclusive television home for the Brewers" on Thursday, when the network released a 150-game high-definition telecast schedule.Among the games on the schedule are the Brewers' April 6 season opener against the Cardinals, the first of 13 matchups between those division rivals on FSN. The network will also broadcast 15 Brewers-Cubs games and all six Interleague games against the Twins. Play-by-play man Brian Anderson will again team with Bill Schroeder, who enters his 18th season as Brewers television analyst. Six other Brewers games are scheduled to be televised nationally on FOX.
The Brewers reported that fans had already started to arrive at Miller Park on Thursday in advance of Saturday's "Arctic Tailgate," which marks the beginning of individual game-tickets sales for Brewers home games.
Lance Farber of Milwaukee, Rob Ritter of Oconomowoc, Wis., and Laura Kachel of Waukesha, Wis., were the first to arrive, and as of noon CT fans were allowed to set up camp. The club encouraged fans to review the guidelines before setting up.
Left-hander Zach Braddock was sent home for the second straight day with a stomach virus. He's the only player limited in camp, Roenicke said.