Roenicke: Weeks will adapt to stiff ankle

Roenicke: Weeks will adapt to stiff ankle

PHOENIX -- Based on his own experience with a major ankle injury, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was not surprised to hear second baseman Rickie Weeks say several weeks ago that he feels short of 100 percent.

Weeks suffered a severely sprained left ankle in late July while stretching for first base, reminiscent of Roenicke's injury during the final week of the 1981 season, when the Milwaukee skipper was a Dodgers rookie. The injury cost Roenicke a chance to play in the World Series.

"I'm not planning on reining [Weeks] back at all unless something comes up with it, but just personal experience, I tore up an ankle like he did and it really never is the same," Roenicke said. "Now, does that change the way you play? No. But you never have the same flexion you did before, you feel it more often. It's almost like a guy aging a little bit and he may be a bit slower -- I'm not saying Rickie will be -- but any time you sprain an ankle that bad, it's never the same."

Weeks was able to return to action late last season and played in the postseason at less than 100 percent. Roenicke expects him to be a full participant beginning with the first full-squad workout on Saturday.

"I don't expect it to slow him down at all," Roenicke said.