MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks' media blackout extended into a second week on Wednesday, when the All-Star second baseman remained unavailable to discuss a severely sprained left ankle suffered July 27 against the Cubs. Weeks is "still a long ways away," manager Ron Roenicke said. But Roenicke cited some progress. Weeks is off crutches and walked onto the field Tuesday for the team photo without the walking boot he had been wearing since his injury. "I was surprised," Roenicke said. "He looked good."
The timing of Weeks' comeback is key. The team's original estimate was that Weeks would miss two to six weeks. The Triple-A regular season ends Sept. 5, five weeks from the date of Weeks' injury. "For the question of how to get him in shape, the timing can be important there," Roenicke said. "Once he's ready to go, if we don't have any places to send him, it's going to make it a lot more difficult for us."