Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks probably will be activated from the disabled list for the upcoming four-game series against Philadelphia at Miller Park, but there is one caveat.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that Weeks would be eased in gradually with pinch-hitting appearances and short stints in the field before returning to regular action. Weeks has been out since suffering a severely sprained left ankle July 27 when he struck the first-base bag awkwardly.

Weeks has been working out daily with the exception of one activity - running the bases - the final step before returning to the lineup. But Roenicke said Weeks had "a really good day" Monday.

"I could see the improvement," Roenicke said. "Just the coverage, taking off to run on ground balls. And the running in the outfield, he didn't have that little pause, that hesitation that he had. We need to get him on the bases soon.

"We've been talking a lot more about activating him, coming up. Whether that will be the first couple of days at home, that's possible. If we activate him, it's not activating him to play second base. It's activating him for an at-bat.

"And if we get in a game where we're up a lot or down a lot, maybe we'll put him at second base for a couple of innings. Something to just ease him into where he's going to be, hopefully in a week to 10 days."