Weeks exits game with ankle injury; X-rays negative

Milwaukee All-Star second baseman Rickie Weeks left Wednesday's game with an injured left ankle. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Rickie Weeks rolled his left ankle beating out an infield single during the 2nd inning in Wednesday night’s game versus the Chicago Cubs. Weeks slapped a grounder to Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and made an impressive stretch to reach first safely before falling awkwardly into foul territory. Rickie was helped off of the diamond by Ron Roenicke and assistant trainer Dan Wright as Miller Park became eerily silent.  The Brewers simply cannot afford to lose their All-Star second baseman during the tightly contested National League Central race. Weeks, following his breakout campaign last season, was having a career year, batting .272 with 19 homers, 43 runs batted in, and 9 stolen bases. Utility man Craig Counsell took Weeks’ place at second base and fifth in the batting order. Here’s hoping that Rickie is okay and nothing is broken…

Update: Reports are that x-rays came back negative, however the Brewers fear that Weeks may have some ligament damage. He’ll be evaluated at a Milwaukee hospital and “will be out for awhile” according to Ron Roenicke. A stint on the 15-day DL seems almost certain, but it looks like Weeks avoided any major damage.

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