Weeks to have wrist surgery, out for year

Rickie Weeks’ super-fast hands are the reason he ascended to the big leagues in the first place, but they are also the reason he just can’t seem to get his Brewers career on track.

Weeks will undergo season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn sheath that surrounds a tendon in his left wrist, an injury he suffered on a first-inning strikeout on Sunday in St. Louis. The decision was made after Weeks visited Monday with Phoenix-based specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who has performed two previous surgeries on the former first-round Draft pick.

One of those surgeries was for the same injury in his other wrist. That was in Fall 2006, about one year after Weeks first saw Sheridan and underwent a procedure to repair a torn ligament at the base of his left thumb.

“It’s just very, very disappointing for him personally, putting the team aside,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “I have a lot of favorite players, and he’s one of them for me, just because how he goes about his business.”

Weeks was very good at his business this season, batting .272 with a .340 on-base percentage. Entering Monday night’s game in St. Louis he was tied with first baseman Prince Fielder for the team lead with nine home runs, and was tied with Corey Hart for the lead in runs scored, with 28.

His quality start had quieted some of the critics that have hounded Weeks since the Brewers made him the second overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. But he had worked extensively to improve his defense, and this season was putting up offensive numbers that were tempting manager Ken Macha to consider dropping Weeks from leadoff to a run-producing spot in the batting order.

The surgery will sideline Weeks for at least 4-6 weeks, Melvin said.

“I just told him it was very unfortunate, you were becoming the player we all believed you could be,” Melvin said. “Rickie always believed he could put up the numbers he was putting up. He was on pace for 100 runs and 100 RBIs. … I told him, ‘you still have a long career ahead of you.’ Its just unfortunate that it came when he was putting it together.”

With Weeks out, Craig Counsell started at second base on Monday. The Brewers did not immediately announce who would be promoted from the Minors to fill Weeks’ spot.

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