Weeks could be active vs. Phillies

The Brewers are closer to activating second baseman Rickie Weeks from the disabled list after the injured All-Star had a good day of running the Busch Stadium outfield on Monday, manager Ron Roenicke said.

Manager Ron Roenicke indicated that Weeks could be active to pinch-hit as early as this weekend, when the Brewers host the Phillies in a four-game series at Miller Park. Weeks has been on the DL since July 28, after he severely sprained his left ankle legging out and infield hit against the Cubs.

“If we activate him, it’s not activating him so he can play second base,” Roenicke said. “It’s activating him so he can bat, and if we get in a game where we’re up a lot or down a lot, maybe we can put him at second base for a couple innings. Something to ease him in.”

Weeks is not bothered by the ankle in the batter’s box, but has yet to run the bases. He ran patterns in the outfield on Monday, Roenicke said, and appeared to have back the “burst” that had been missing in previous workouts.

“It was a really good day for him,” Roenicke said. “Visually, I could see that he had improved on some different things. … He didn’t have that little pause, that little hesitation, that he has had.”

It will be some time before Weeks is ready to play the field — a week to 10 days at least. The hope remains that Weeks will be back in the Brewers’ starting lineup before a potential postseason series.

There’s no downside to activating Weeks before he’s at full strength because rosters have expanded to 40 players. The Brewers have been patient so far because they do not want Weeks to risk a setback.

“He’s been good,” Roenicke said. “He’s not coming to me and saying, ‘Hey, when am I going to be active?’ He’s not there yet, and he knows that.”

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