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.
Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis has an avulsion fracture in his right hand, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. As Piecoro explains, an avulsion fracture is when a ligament comes off of the bone and pulls fragments of bone with it.
Mathis is likely done for the season, but he wants to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, per Piecoro. He suffered the injury on Monday when he was hit in the hand with a foul tip.
Mathis, 34, hit an uninspiring .213/.276/.322 in 200 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, but was a plus defensively. Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann will handle catching duties with Mathis out for at least a while.
The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that first baseman Cody Bellinger and starter Alex Wood were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Bellinger has a sprained right ankle and Wood is dealing with left SC joint inflammation. To take their spots on the roster, the Dodgers recalled pitchers Brock Stewart and Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Bellinger, 22, has had an outstanding rookie season, batting .274/.356/.612 with 34 home runs and 79 RBI in 419 plate appearances. Fortunately, the Dodgers just got Adrian Gonzalez back from the DL, so their first base situation is already handled.
Wood, 26, has had a career year. He’s 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 127/30 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He’s been successful despite his velocity declining more and more with every passing month this season. The Dodgers’ rotation is already in disarray, so losing Wood hurts even more. On the bright side, Clayton Kershaw should be returning from the disabled list soon.