Notes: Weeks placed on 15-day DL

Notes: Weeks placed on 15-day DL

MILWAUKEE -- At some point before the end of the calendar year, the Brewers expect second baseman Rickie Weeks to have surgery on his sore right wrist. When he goes under the knife will depend partly on Weeks' pain threshold.

As expected, the team placed its talented young second baseman on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday to make room for veteran third baseman David Bell, who was acquired late Friday in a trade with the Phillies. Brewers officials hope the additions of Bell and utility man Tony Graffanino -- who came in a trade with the Royals earlier in the week -- stabilize an infield racked with weird injuries.

Weeks' setback is at the top of the list. He is hitting .279 this season with a team-high 73 runs scored and 19 stolen bases, but has been sidelined since Tuesday by what the team is calling only a "right wrist tendon injury." Weeks was hurt waggling a bat in the dugout between at-bats on Monday night.

Manager Ned Yost said the problem is related to a tendon on the top side of Weeks' wrist, which is slipping over a bone. Weeks has been unable to swing a bat because of soreness in his wrist, which he uses to generate his tremendous bat speed, but if the soreness subsides the team believes Weeks would be able to play out the season.

"The doctor explained to us that if he isn't sore, he could play," said Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash. "The soreness is preventing him from playing. We'll look at him in another two weeks, and if the soreness is gone we'll look at getting him back. If the soreness persists, we'll shut him down and look to get it fixed."

That would mean Weeks' second surgery in less than a year. He underwent a procedure to fix a torn ligament at the base of his left thumb last October. Ash said the current injury is not a threat to Weeks' 2007 season.

"When you have an injury, you have to just deal with it," Weeks said. "It's sore. I'm a tough kid, so I have to just wait and see. Everything will work out."

Trade talks: Before finalizing the deal that brought Bell to Milwaukee for Minor League right-hander Wilfrido Laureano, the teams discussed a larger trade that would have included a Phillies pitcher, believed to be right-hander Cory Lidle.

"We had minor discussion of names, and then they thought they could do better elsewhere so they turned their attention elsewhere," said Ash, who would not confirm that Lidle was the player discussed.

The Phillies wanted what Ash termed "significant" prospects in return, "and we're not going to do that for a two-month pitcher."

Lidle is in the final months of a two-year, $6.3 million contract. The Blue Jays, Mets, Reds, Twins and Yankees are all reportedly interested in the 34-year-old Lidle, who is 8-7 with a 4.74 ERA this season.

New look: Saturday's starting lineup included plenty of new faces. Graffanino, expected to serve as the everyday second baseman while Weeks is out, batted second. Left fielder Kevin Mench made his Brewers debut as the cleanup hitter. Bell batted sixth.

Meanwhile, in Texas: Outfielder Carlos Lee, sent from Milwaukee to Texas in Friday's blockbuster trade, made an immediate impact with singles in his first two Rangers at-bats later that night. But the Rangers were equally excited about the other power hitter they pried from the Brewers.

Nelson Cruz was brought to the big leagues by Texas and was in Saturday's lineup, batting ninth against Royals left-hander Jorge De La Rosa -- the player sent to Kansas City in the Graffanino trade. The Rangers are looking at Cruz as their right fielder of the future.

"We wouldn't have made this trade if he wasn't a part of it," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said after acquiring Lee and Cruz for pitcher Francisco Cordero, outfielders Mench and Laynce Nix, and Minor League pitcher Julian Cordero.

Rangers manager Buck Showalter said Cruz would start against left-handers. Cruz was batting .302 with 22 doubles, 20 home runs, 73 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 104 games at Triple-A Nashville.

Lee's take on the trade?

"I wasn't surprised at all," he told reporters in Texas. "Once I knew things weren't going to get done in Milwaukee with the contract, I wanted to give them as much time as possible to do what they had to do for their team. When I got up on [Friday] morning, they told me I've got to go. [In trade talks], you never heard about Texas. But when they said it's Texas, I said, 'Texas? OK.'"

The Brewers on Thursday offered Lee, a free agent after the season, a four-year extension worth at least $48 million and as much as $51 million. When Lee and his agent, Adam Katz, declined even to counter-offer, the Brewers settled on seeking a trade.

Dia de los Cerveceros: The Brewers celebrated the first "Cerverceros Day" on Saturday, a tribute to Latin American baseball and a chance to unveil the newest member of the popular Klement's sausage race -- Chorizo.

The Brewers wore special uniforms with "Cerverceros" stitched across the front. Former Milwaukee Brave Felix Mantilla and Milwaukee Brewer Teddy Higuera were honored before the game by the Brewers and Milwaukee's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Scoreboard and public address announcements were made in Spanish.

Following the sixth inning, Chorizo made his much-anticipated debut in the sausage race. He will join Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage and Hot Dog on a full-time basis beginning next season.

On deck: Right-hander Ben Sheets will make his second start off the disabled list when the Brewers wrap up a three-game series with the Reds on Sunday. Cincinnati right-hander Aaron Harang will go for his 12th win of the season.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.