For the second time in six games, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks a day off Saturday at Busch Stadium. Replacing Weeks in the lineup was Jeff Bianchi, who has seen only sporadic duty since rejoining the Brewers on May 2. "Just a day (off), and then I'll pick some spots where I'll look at matchups and see if somebody else can go out there and get hot," Roenicke said. "In my mind I'll probably play Rick against the lefty (rookie John Gast) tomorrow, but I don't know." Weeks was 3 for 25 with a home run, RBI and four walks on the current trip, which saw Milwaukee losing seven of eight going into Saturday's game with the St. Louis Cardinals. His average sits at .175 for the season to go along with three homers and 10 RBI after he struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. His 49 punch-outs lead the team. Weeks was asked before the game where he was mentally. "Same old," he said. "Just working to get better." Roenicke, who has praised Weeks repeatedly for his mental toughness, said it appears to remain business as usual for his second baseman. "He's still OK," he said. "Obviously frustrated. Continues to work hard. That's the thing - him individually, us as a team - they're playing hard, they're working hard, they're doing everything we ask them to do. "Things just aren't going right. And it seems to happen every year. Sometimes it's just a short time, maybe a week. Unfortunately (this year) it's gone on longer with us." Weeks also was asked if he felt he'd fallen into any bad habits at the plate. "Maybe early on, but I think I got out of it," he said. "Now it's just bringing the cage work to the game. There's always a little period where you try to get that cage work to the game." As far as his cage work, Weeks didn't want to get too specific about the focus of it but did say he's been trying to address his timing.
Rickie Weeks gets another day off
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 19