Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is finally beginning to show signs of progress in his ongoing recovery from a severely sprained left ankle.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers’ medical team cleared Weeks on Sunday to begin taking light infield practice. He’ll soon progress to soft toss, then live batting practice, then he’ll try to run the bases.
If all goes well, the 28-year-old could be ready for a minor league rehab games within the next 10 days.
Weeks, who was named an All-Star this year for the first time, has hit .272/.346/.478 with 19 homers and 43 RBI in 104 games for first-place Milwaukee. The Brewers have only increased their division lead over the Cardinals in his absence and will remain a dangerous team down the stretch if everything continues to click.
The World Series is often played in near winter-like conditions. The 2008 Series was interrupted by a snowy, wintry mix. The 2012 World Series games in Detroit dipped into the 20s. It’s not uncommon to see players wearing balaclavas and other winter gear during the so-called “Fall Classic.”
Not this year, though. Indeed, this year we’re likely to see record high temperatures for Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.
As of this moment, WeatherUnderground.com forecasts a high in Los Angeles of 101 degrees for today’s World Series Media Day and highs of 102 and 98 for Games 1 and 2, respectively. First pitch for both games is just after 5PM Pacific time, when the sun will still be blazing. The sun will set about an hour or so in to the game which should cool things off somewhat, but the heat will definitely impact pregame workouts and the early innings. Fans showing up three or more hours before first pitch will do well to prepare themselves for the elements.
The hottest World Series game on record came in Phoenix for Game 1 in 2001 when the mercury stood at 94 degrees at game time. That year Major League Baseball unwisely demanded that the Chase Field roof be left open for the Diamondbacks-Yankees tilt. If there is a Game 6 and/or 7 things will be nicer as the long range forecast shows temperatures in the low 70s by then.
Hydrate well, Dodgers and Astros. Those of us watching from cooler temperatures and/or the comfort of our air conditioned homes will feel really bad for you.