After losing Mat Gamel and Alex Gonzalez for the season in recent weeks, the Brewers finally got some good news on the injury front.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Rickie Weeks is day-to-day after initial X-rays came back negative on his left wrist. Weeks was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball by Cubs reliever Lendy Castillo to lead off the 13th inning last night.
There was obvious reason for concern since Weeks required season-ending surgery on the very same wrist back in 2009, but he managed to avoid serious injury this time around. Edwin Maysonet will start in his place at second base this afternoon, but he shouldn’t have to miss much time.
Weeks is off to a terrible start at the plate this season, batting just .158/.308/.292 with three homers, six RBI and a .608 OPS across 146 plate appearances. His 41 strikeouts are the most in the National League while only Brendan Ryan (.149) has a lower batting average among qualified batters.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.