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.

Hunter Pence exits game with groin injury

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Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.

Update:

Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.

Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.