Good news and bad news on Rickie Weeks’ ugly looking ankle injury from last night.
The good news is that he won’t need surgery. The bad news is that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe ankle sprain” and is expected to be out for “anywhere from 3-6 weeks,” according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.
Ash also told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Weeks “has a number of issues in the ankle” and “it’s tough to put an exact timetable on it,” which certainly suggests the injury is more than just a bad sprain. Haudricourt speculates about ligament damage that potentially could heal without surgery.
Even a six-week recovery timetable would have Weeks playing again in mid-September, but any setbacks along the way could mean missing the remainder of the season and in the meantime general manager Doug Melvin may need to acquire some infield help if the Brewers are going to keep pace in the NL Central race. Right now they’re a half-game up on the Cardinals and 1.5 games ahead of the Pirates.
Milwaukee was repeatedly linked to Dodgers utility man Jamey Carroll even before Weeks’ ankle injury, so adding him as a Weeks replacement makes a lot of sense.
Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.
This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.
Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.