09/07/11 9:20 PM ET
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By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Weeks runs bases as Crew plots plan for return
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks faced what he called "a big day" Wednesday, when he ran the bases for the first time since suffering a severely sprained ankle in July.His next step was undetermined as of midday, with manager Ron Roenicke raising the possibility of exposing Weeks to live pitching before the club activates him from the disabled list. That in itself would present a challenge, given that the club's lone active Minor League affiliate, rookie-level Helena, was to play its season finale on Thursday and the Brewers' instructional league does not begin until next week. The Brewers have discussed activating Weeks in a limited capacity, using him only to pinch-hit until he gained the additional strength in his left ankle necessary to move in the field. Asked whether Weeks could be a bench bat for Thursday's game against the Phillies, Roenicke said, "I don't know. We talked about maybe trying to get him some kind of simulated situation to let him see balls coming in a little harder, some breaking balls. So, I'm not sure. One of the relievers that hasn't thrown a while and needs to get a bullpen in anyway, maybe we would do that." The leading candidates would be Frankie De La Cruz or Tim Dillard, but Dillard is a sidearmer, and Roenicke wasn't sure that would be the best way to work Weeks back. Weeks said he would meet with Roenicke and general manager Doug Melvin on Wednesday or Thursday to set a plan. He was trying to remain patient. "I don't want to push this thing along faster than it is," he said. "I'm not going to be 100 percent coming back, but I don't want to be 60 percent, either." He declined to put a number of his current condition, saying, "I still have to put it all together in the next couple of days." Roenicke will wait to determine where to slot Weeks into the batting order when he resumes regular duty. "We want to see where Rickie is when he gets right," Roenicke said. "I doubt that he's going to be the same guy as before he got hurt. He hasn't played, he's not going to see any live pitching, and all of a sudden we're going to have him in the lineup." As of Wednesday, there were exactly three weeks remaining in the regular season.
Brewers get look at Green at second base
ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers didn't intend to showcase recently promoted prospect Taylor Green at second base, but did so Wednesday to give veteran Jerry Hairston another day to rest a stiff neck.Green grew up a second baseman but has spent most of his time in 2011 at third, where he made his first two Major League starts on the team's current road trip. He did see some time at second base for Triple-A Nashville when Zelous Wheeler was manning third. "I like making double-play turns, and I feel pretty comfortable there. It shouldn't be a big problem," said Green, who said the key was simply getting playing time. He never expected to be among the team's late-season callups. "The more the better," he said. "You take advantage of every opportunity you get -- it's been the same thing since I was 15 years old." Hairston said he would be back in the lineup on Thursday against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Fiers, Peralta headline Minor League honors
ST. LOUIS -- With all but one of the Brewers' Minor League affiliates finished for 2011, the parent club recognized some notable performers on Wednesday: Right-hander Michael Fiers was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August after he went 4-0 with a 0.68 ERA in six starts, with 44 strikeouts vs. 11 walks and a .157 opponents' batting average. He would have gladly traded that award for a promotion to Milwaukee, and actually came close. The Brewers mulled a callup for Fiers for their Aug. 22 doubleheader in Pittsburgh but ultimately didn't need him. The Southern League honored right-hander Wily Peralta for leading all of the league's qualifiers with a 3.46 ERA. Peralta was 9-7 in 21 starts for the Stars before a strong finish in Triple-A. Nashville catcher Martin Maldonado and outfielder Caleb Gindl shared the team's Minor League Player of the Month for August. Maldonado hit .351 for the month with eight home runs, 20 RBIs and 10 walks before the Brewers made him a Sept. 1 callup. Gindl hit .375 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers, 17 RBIs and 18 walks in August.
Pitching coach Rick Kranitz was expected to rejoin the team Wednesday or Thursday after his mother, who fell ill unexpectedly last week, passed away. The family is planning a memorial service after the end of the baseball season. Roenicke indicated he was not inclined to move catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the No. 8 spot in the batting order into more of a run-producing role. "There's reasons why he's hitting where he's hitting," Roenicke said. "I don't want to say why. ... What we have and the personnel that we have, we like where guys are hitting."
It's difficult to believe that this Twitter friendship can be contained in 140 characters bursts, but the Brewers' Nyjer Morgan (@TheRealTPlush) reached out to Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco (@ochocinco) on Tuesday. Wouldn't you know it? Ochocinco responded."In some kind of way I believe we're related," he told Morgan. "Not sure how but we're cut from the same cloth in a sense. Much success kind sir." Morgan said he sent Ochocinco a little gift. He's hoping to see it tweeted soon.