Roenicke awaiting breakout from Weeks

Roenicke awaiting breakout from Weeks

SAN DIEGO -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he would continue a patient approach toward Rickie Weeks, who entered Tuesday night with the lowest batting average (.186) for a National Leaguer with at least 50 at-bats in the leadoff spot.

Only one Major Leaguer had at least 50 at-bats in the one-hole with a lower average -- Weeks' younger brother, Jemile, of the Oakland A's.

"I don't think it's going to take much for him to break loose," Roenicke said of Rickie. "A couple at-bats, maybe. Maybe it's a couple of games in a row. But Rickie has always been a good hitter, and there is no reason to think this is going to go on for very long."

Track record is one of several reasons for Roenicke's patience. Another is that Weeks entered Tuesday with a .320 on-base percentage, right in the middle (13th of 26) among players with at least 50 at-bats as the leadoff man.

Plus, the Brewers have scant options.

Center fielder Nyjer Morgan is battling through his own slow start. Right fielder Corey Hart has experience hitting leadoff, but Roenicke considers him more important in the five-hole hitting behind Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez.

"For our offense to go, we need Rickie to hit like he usually does," Roenicke said.