For the first time in a number of years, Rickie Weeks reported to Maryvale for spring training unsure of his ultimate role with the Milwaukee Brewers. The team's primary second baseman since 2006, Weeks is comng off surgery to remove his ruptured left lateral hamstring tendon. He suffered the injury while tripping over his bat running out of the box in San Francisco last Aug. 7, and has spent the time since rehabilitating and getting back to full strength. In camp a couple days before all position players must report, Weeks is fully healthy and has no restrictions on him as he begins the process of battling Scooter Gennett for the starting job at second base. "Very anxious (to get going)," Weeks said. "Things happen for a reason. You learn about yourself, come back and do what you do best." Weeks' surgery was of the outpatient variety, and he said he's been doing full workouts – baseball and otherwise – for about a month and a half now. Most of the early rehab work was done with the aim of getting of the quadriceps muscle in his left leg to stay in tune with his repaired hamstring. "It was pretty extensive," Weeks said of the rehab process. "That first month and a half back I had to keep those smaller muscles around that area strong. Pretty much there were tests every week and a half or two weeks on some machine. The big thing was the quad to hamstring ratio – you don’t want it too far off. "Pretty much same old, same old after that. Strengthening." Weeks, 31, did say that he hadn't spoken to general manager Doug Melvin or manager Ron Roenicke during the off-season about his role moving forward. Roenicke had indicated at the winter meetings that Gennett had a leg up on the starting job at second base.
Rickie Weeks arrives in camp ready to battle for a job
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 19