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Rickie Weeks Says No To Left Field

With Khris Davis struggling at the plate, the Milwaukee Brewers approached second baseman Rickie Weeks about potentially giving left field a try. Weeks has seen his playing time diminish as Scooter Gennett has received the majority of the starts. The Brewers felt that if Weeks gave it a go in the outfield, he would see more at-bats.

“I’m a second baseman.”

However, the 31-year-old veteran said no to the idea.

“I’m a second baseman,” he told reporters. “I feel like, right now, I should be playing second base.”

Manager Ron Roenicke said they talked to him about getting some innings at first base.

“We talked about things with him, going to different places,” said Roenicke. “We talked with him about whether he thought he could play the outfield, whether he thought he could play first base. He does not want to do it.”

Roenicke also realizes that moving positions is extremely difficult.

“It’s not that easy to just put somebody in the outfield,” Roenicke said. We did it so much last year, trying to switch guys around in Spring Training, that we had a discussion with Doug [Melvin] and tried to not do that as much as we did the year before. Try to keep guys in their position more so we could get a better defensive job out of one position.”

Weeks is hitting .282 on the season with a .349 on-base percentage. He started the season slow, but a couple of hits as a pinch hitter along with a 2-for-4 performance on Saturday has boosted his average.

Davis, the Brewers current left fielder, is mired in a long slump (4-for-33 before Saturday’s game), causing Roenicke to think about a change. With Weeks unwilling to try the outfield, Roenicke is thinking about platooning Davis with Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl, who are both left-handed hitters.

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  • DiamondBackPain

    Well Justin, this time you are wrong. A player should do whatever it takes to help the team and if left field is where Weeks needs to be then so be it. Pick up a glove and march your ass out to left field Mr. Weeks. And when it is your time to bat, put the ball in play.

    • Justin Schultz

      How am I wrong? I didn’t voice my opinion in any way.

      • DiamondBackPain

        A good example was just the other night when Darvish was pitching in the 7th and the ball dropped between the 2nd baseman and Rios. Does Darvish blame either one of the players for the mishap? NO. It is a team sport and you play and act as a team. If Weeks can’t find it in his heart to help the TEAM in left field then he should just sit on the bench until he has a change of heart.

        • DiamondBackPain

          BTW, your bio says you think intentional walks are a disgrace and is an avid defender of Rickie Weeks. How can you defend him on this issue?

          • Justin Schultz

            When did I say I was?

  • Andrew Vrchota

    Rickie Weeks playing left field would be an absolute disaster. If anything, Weeks saying no is saving the embarrassment of Ron Roenicke and the Brewers. Would you ask Adam Dunn to play shortstop? Jose Altuve, can you move to catcher? Hey Prince, we’re going to have you try out centerfield. Get real.