MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ned Yost told Rickie Weeks in
batting practice on Wednesday to try and pull every pitch he saw to
Weeks struggled to follow the simple instruction, and Yost told
general manager Doug Melvin that his leadoff hitter would need an
The Brewers put Weeks on the 15-day disabled list Thursday
retroactive to Wednesday due to a sore right wrist that continues
to hamper him because of scar tissue breaking up. They called up
formerly disgruntled reliever Jose Capellan to take his spot on the
"At this point of the season it's crazy having him battle,"
Yost said of Weeks, who is batting .243 with five homers and 16
RBIs. "Hopefully, he can go six weeks, eight weeks, before it
starts getting sore again. We'll just have to see what happens.
It's something that's going to be on and off all season long,
Weeks is scheduled to fly to Phoenix on Friday to be checked out
by Dr. Don Sheridan, who performed season-ending surgery on Weeks'
right wrist last year to fix a tendon that was snapping out of
place. Weeks initially hurt himself wagging a bat in the dugout on
July 25, but his swing also puts a lot of torque on his wrists and
"It's a pretty good decision," Weeks said. "In hindsight, I
didn't want to go do it, but it's probably the best thing for me
Weeks took it easy in the early part of spring training, and had
been fine until a seven-game road trip earlier in May. He sat out
the final game at Philadelphia on May 17 and the next series with
the Minnesota Twins.
"We went into this thing knowing scar tissue is going to be
there," Weeks said. "At this point, we thought if we got 15 days
we'd try to get some of that stuff out of there."
Capellan was not paid for two games he missed in Triple-A
Nashville in April after he failed to show up to the park. Melvin
had told his agent that he was working on trading Capellan, but
that teams weren't offering enough in return.
The team had said the biggest factor in promoting Capellan would
be his attitude, but it also turned out to be a lack of depth. The
Brewers had pitched setup man Derrick Turnbow for four consecutive
days this week.
Capellan had asked his agent to force a trade after he was
demoted just before the Brewers' first game. The 26-year-old
right-hander was 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 61 appearances for
Milwaukee last season, but was left off the Brewers' 25-man roster
at the end of spring training.