CHICAGO -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks supplied the silver lining to the Brewers' 5-2 loss to the Cubs on Monday. He played all nine innings of a game for the first time in nearly two months, clearing a final hurdle in his return from a severely sprained left ankle.
It marked Weeks' sixth start since returning from the disabled list, and he went 0-for-3 with a walk. Before Monday, he had played only partial games since being reinstated.
"He said he felt good after the game, so I think that's a good sign," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He didn't run around a lot during the ballgame, and I think that's one of the reasons I didn't really think about taking him out of there."
Weeks found his way onto the highlight reel in the fourth inning, when he ranged into the outfield for an over-the-shoulder catch of Starlin Castro's popup with two runners on base, two outs and the Cubs bidding to build on their 3-1 lead. Weeks ended the inning with a sliding catch and earned high-fives from right fielder Corey Hart and center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
At the plate, Weeks is 3-for-13 since returning to action. Roenicke will continue to work in conjunction with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger to determine how much Weeks plays on a day-to-day basis. Weeks will be playing at less than full strength for the remainder of the year.
"The running, it looks like it's getting better all the time," Roenicke said before Monday's game. "It's still not there, but it's getting better. I see him taking better swings at the plate. That's still not there yet. It may take a while. For being out as long as he was, and coming back and really not having any live at-bats, he's doing really well."