Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Brewers are HOT!!!! Injuries begin to pile up
Just a few weeks ago Brewers 2nd Baseman Rickie Weeks was having the best start in his career. Weeks had a lot of pressure coming into this year to perform and he did so admirably. Then all of that came crashing to an end when Weeks struck out swinging and had some pain in his wrist. Tests later would show a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. What does that mean.......Weeks out for the season.
To replace Weeks, the Crew has used primarily Craig Counsel & Casey McGehee, a far cry from Weeks. Counsel is batting over .300 and between that and his defense, it's hard to keep him out of the lineup. Counsel worked with former Interim Manager and Brewers Batting Coach, Dale Sveum on dropping his horrendous batting stance that rivaled Juilo Franco's. Results have been great.
It was also reported that the Brewers plan to give hotshot shortstop Alcides Escobar some time at second base in Triple-A Nashville. We could see a call-up if Counsel/McGehee doesn't work out.
JJ Hardy has been absent from the Brewers lineup of lately and was reported having Back Spasms. Hardy got hurt while running the bases and left in the fourth inning of Friday’s game against the Twins. He was out of the lineup the rest of the weekend and last night's opener against the Cards. Hardy has had problems with his back in the past, but said this isn’t as serious as previous cases. He said it’s “annoying, more than anything.”
Speaking of the opener against the Cards, St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright drilled Brewers LF Ryan Braun in the wrist in the 3rd inning. Braun played the field in the fourth, but did not get another at-bat and left before the fifth. X-Rays came back negative, and Brewers skipper Ken Macha might be wise to sit him one more game.
Brewers are currently tied for 1st in the NL Central with the Cards and stand at 27-19. The Brewers have the 3rd best record in all of baseball behind only the Rangers (27-18) and Dodgers (32-15). Before last night's loss to St. Louis, the Brewers had won 4 straight and won 11 of their previous 12 against the Cards. Brewers send Lefty Manny Para to the hill this afternoon for the rubber match against Todd Wellemeyer.