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Rickie Weeks Hurts Ankle; Pressure on for a Deal?

Just a warning, but this picture isn’t for those with weak stomachs:



(This is the pic that was floating around on Twitter and message boards — if anyone knows where it originally came from, let me know and I’ll link it)

Amazingly, the ankle isn’t broken and it doesn’t sound like there are any ligament tears. Still, even a sprain likely means a lengthy DL stint, and Ron Roenicke didn’t waste any time saying that’s where Weeks is headed.

So where do the Brewers go from here? They’ve been linked to the Dodgers’ Jamey Carroll more than anyone else, and Carroll’s versatility would be even more welcome with Weeks on the DL. Houston’s Clint Barmes has also been mentioned, and while he’s a shortstop by trade, he did play some second base in Colorado and fared well there in limited action. Of course, now that Weeks is out, the perception will be that the Brewers have to make a deal, which could motivate other teams to hold Doug Melvin’s feet to the fire and give up more than he’d normally be willing to surrender. I have no idea what the means when it comes to Carroll (actual named players instead of PTBNLs?), but it’s something worth thinking about when making up fantasy trade proposals.

That’s why it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see the Brewers (finally) call up Taylor Green for some spot duty at second base. Eric Farris could be another possibility, but he’s struggled to hit in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Edwin Maysonet has had the same problems. Even Josh Wilson getting some starts at second while Melvin figures things out could be a possibility.

Whatever the decision ends up being, there’s one thing that’s clear — the Brewers won’t be able to get by offensively with Craig Counsell playing everyday at second base. His hitless streak is up to 0-for-38 after he took over for Weeks on Wednesday night, and while he can still make some nice defensive plays, the bat speed just isn’t there anymore.

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