Weeks on his spot in lineup: ‘Anything but five’

Soft-spoken Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks aired an uncharacteristic request Thursday about his spot in the batting order:

Anything but the five-hole.

“Anything other than five, I’m good,” Weeks said. “I feel like I’m not doing anything. You might have people [on base] in front of you, but once you drive them in, you feel like you’re stagnant. The game kind of slows down to me.

“I’m the type of person, you get on base and try to score runs. That’s my whole thing. … Being active down there, it’s kind of hard to do that.”

Weeks has spent most of his career in the leadoff hole and will tie Gorman Thomas for 10th on the Brewers’ all-time runs scored list when he next touches home plate. Weeks enters the season only 73 runs shy of sixth place on that list.

He said his ankle is about 95 percent recovered from the nasty sprain suffered last July.


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