Brewers decline Rickie Weeks’ option

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Rickie Weeks had a nice season after being demoted to a part-time role in Milwaukee, but the Brewers have decided to decline his $11.5 million option for 2015.

Weeks has spent his entire career with the Brewers after being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, hitting .249 with 148 homers, 126 steals, and a .771 OPS in 1,142 games. He’s been injured a lot and his production has varied wildly, but overall Weeks has been an above-average hitter playing an up-the-middle defensive position.

He won’t get $11.5 million anywhere else for next season, but Weeks does figure to land a regular gig somewhere. Scooter Gennett will remain the Brewers’ primary second baseman after hitting .289 with nine homers and a .754 OPS in 137 games this season as a 24-year-old.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.