04/14/2013 2:40 PM ET
Cleanup spot still an issue for Brewers
By Steve Overbey / Special to MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers' offensive attack continues to struggle, and the lack of production out of the cleanup spot is one of the main reasons for the drought.
The Brewers had gone 25 innings without a run heading into Sunday's series finale at St. Louis.
Manager Ron Roenicke has temporarily moved second baseman Rickie Weeks to the cleanup spot from the No. 2 hole.
The cleanup position became vacant when regular No. 4 hitter Aramis Ramirez was placed on the disabled list on April 6 with a left-knee sprain.
Since then, Milwaukee batters were 2-for-26 out of the cleanup spot heading into play Sunday.
Roenicke indicated that the struggling Weeks still remains the best option. He also said that he would like to keep hot-hitting shortstop Jean Segura in Weeks' usual No. 2 position.
"Rickie is the type of guy that should be in the fourth spot," Roenicke said. "If you look at other names, putting somebody else there doesn't make a whole lot of sense."
Weeks broke out of an 0-for-21 skid with a hit on Saturday.
Roenicke toyed with the idea of shifting Ryan Braun to cleanup from the No. 3 hole. But Braun has also been struggling of late. He struck out three times in each of the first two games in St. Louis.
"Rickie is still scary," Roenicke said. "You get people on base, you make a mistake and he's going to hurt you."
Weeks isn't as concerned about his spot in the order as much as he is about his recent woes. He is hitting .220 with one homer and one RBI.
"I've got to produce no matter where I am in the lineup," he said.
Weeks thinks '42' is a must-see for everybody
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks went to see the movie "42: The True Story of an American Legend," on Saturday night in downtown St. Louis.
Weeks was highly impressed with the film, which is based on the trials and tribulations of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.
"It was good, entertaining," Weeks said. "A lot of people know his name, but aren't really familiar with the details of his story.
"This will help some people understand some of the things that he had to go through."
In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.
The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.
Weeks gave the film 4.5 stars out five, and says it is a must-see -- not just for baseball fans -- but for everyone.
He also feels the movie gives people an informative portrayal about what minorities went through in the 1940s.
"Over time, people don't know a whole bunch about how blacks were treated back then," Weeks said. "This showed how things were really like, not just with baseball, but with everything. It's been a long time, and a lot of details have been forgotten."
Aramis still not close to game action
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez -- who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee -- played catch on Saturday, but remains a few weeks away from returning.
"It's not coming along as quick as it did in Spring Training," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "So it's hard to answer when exactly that day is going to be. Day to day, we'll see how he progresses."
Ramirez suffered a similar injury in Spring Training, and came back in two weeks. Roenicke said he might be out for a longer period this time around.
Milwaukee management wants to make sure Ramirez is as close to 100 percent as possible before he returns.
"We can't rush this thing," Roenicke said. "Aramis is a gamer. He'll go out and play hurt. If he [gets hurt] again, I'd really be concerned about the length of time. We can't afford to lose this guy again. You see how it changes our lineup and what we do offensively with him not in there."
Ramirez, who hit 27 homers and drove in 105 runs last season, was hitting .385 when he suffered his injury.
• The Brewers have used three or more pitchers in nine of 10 games heading into play Sunday. They used two pitchers, Kyle Lohse and Tom Gorzelanny, in Friday's 2-0 loss.
• First baseman/catcher Blake Lalli made his first start for the Brewers on Saturday. He went 0-for-3 against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright.
"Sometimes it's a little better to face guys like that," Lalli said. "You've got to really lock it in and focus. It was a good test."
• The Brewers were shut out in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday for the first time since May 1-2, 2012, at San Diego.
Steve Overbey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.