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05/15/08 1:13 AM ET

Brewers skipper believes in Weeks

Milwaukee (20-20) vs. Los Angeles (20-19), 12:05 p.m. CT

MILWAUKEE -- Was Rickie Weeks the latest Brewer to get a mental break?

Nope, according to manager Ned Yost, who rested his .190-hitting leadoff man on Wednesday and started Craig Counsell at second base for the second game of a series against the Dodgers.

"This is for Counsell," Yost said. "This isn't for Rickie."

Yost has been saying for weeks that Weeks has simply been a victim of bad luck, looking past Weeks' low average and .311 on-base percentage and focusing instead on his 31 runs scored and his number of "loud outs."

Weeks should be back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers.

With Weeks out of the lineup, the Brewers were left without an obvious leadoff option. Yost used right fielder Corey Hart there at times last season, but has now settled on Hart as his No. 5 hitter. Center fielder Mike Cameron filled the role on Wednesday despite a .283 on-base percentage and 17 strikeouts in 54 at-bats.

"You try to figure out what works best," Yost said. "Cameron is starting to swing the bat better and is a really, really good, aggressive base runner."

Has Weeks' run of bad luck worn on the 25-year-old?

"Rickie is a very strong individual. It doesn't get to him in any way," Yost said. "Look what Rickie has been through. Rickie's never been frustrated, never been down in anything that he's ever done. That's one of his attributes, one of his strengths."

One of Weeks' relative weaknesses remains his defense, though Yost said Wednesday he has no plans to use a defensive replacement late in games like he did last year for third baseman Ryan Braun.

"I don't want to have anybody ever looking behind their back," Yost said. "It's been a process for Rickie, and he's gotten better and better and better and better, and he's gotten better because he's been allowed to work through certain situations.

"We're looking at the big picture here. We're not just looking for what's going to happen in the next five minutes. We're trying to get to the point where we can win championships every single year and stay consistent."

The Brewers expect to learn more Wednesday morning about the health of reliever David Riske, who left Wednesday's game in the middle of the eighth inning with what club medical officials described as a hyper-extended right elbow.

Riske declined to comment after the game, saying he wanted to wait to hear Dr. William Raasch's diagnosis.

"The one good thing we've got going for us is we've got Ben Sheets going on the mound," Yost said.

Pitching matchup
MIL: RHP Ben Sheets (4-0, 2.53 ERA)
In his previous outing, Sheets surpassed Brewers great Teddy Higuera for tops on the club's career strikeout list, striking out six Cardinals to give him 1,086. He allowed three runs and nine hits with a walk over seven innings. Until Jeff Suppan picked up a win Sunday, Sheets was the only Brewers starter to win a game since Manny Parra on April 5. Sheets is among the National League's top 10 in wins and ERA, along with hits and walks per inning.

LAD: RHP Chad Billingsley (2-5, 4.89 ERA)
Billingsley barely survived the first two innings against the Astros, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, but then settled down and retired the last nine batters he faced. He has faced the Brewers twice in his career, giving up three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. He will be pitching on his regular four days' rest, as the Dodgers utilize days off to go with a four-man rotation.

Miller Park public address announcer Robb Edwards underwent quadruple bypass surgery Tuesday night and was in intensive care as of Wednesday afternoon. Edwards' family, including his wife, Vicki, asked the Brewers to express their gratitude for the well wishes from fans. ... Entering Wednesday the Brewers had used 17 lineups in their 39 games, fewest in the Majors. ... Catcher Jason Kendall caught Juan Pierre trying to steal second base on Wednesday and has thrown out 40.7 percent of would-be base stealers this season (11-for-27). Pierre is 14-for-16 in steals.

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Up next
• Friday: Brewers (Jeff Suppan, 2-2, 4.63) at Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 6-0, 2.45), 6:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Brewers (Dave Bush, 1-4, 6.06) at Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 3-2, 4.25), 2:55 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Brewers (Carlos Villanueva, 2-4, 6.00) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 4-3, 4.21), 12:35 p.m. CT

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.