MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ron Roenicke is standing by his second baseman.
Rickie Weeks, an All-Star starter last season, entered Wednesday's game batting .168 with three home runs and six RBIs. His 37 strikeouts tied him with two others for the National League lead. And even with 21 walks, the third most in the NL, Weeks' .304 on-base percentage ranked 65th of the 89 players with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.
Yet Weeks is the only Brewer to start all 31 games this season. Roenicke argued that Weeks produced quality at-bats while going 0-for-4 on Tuesday and has made a mechanical adjustment with his hands.
"He still talks like he's fine," Roenicke said. "When I bring in guys and I talk to them, I can tell when they're frustrated, and it's like, they need a day. Rick's not there. Until he is there, we'll keep going at it."
Weeks is a difficult read, Roenicke conceded.
"He's harder to read, but when you're talking to him, you can tell the difference," he said. "You know, if he continues to struggle, I will talk to him again about taking a day [off] somewhere. But as long as he feels like today can be the day that he can bust out of it, I need to keep putting him out there."
Roenicke bristled when asked whether he had considered dropping Weeks in the lineup and using someone such as catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the two-hole, saying that he and his coaches have considered every possible lineup contortion.
Some moves are not made, Roenicke said, for reasons he cannot share.
For his part, Weeks said he was feeling, "all right, not great.
"Your confidence has to be strong. If it's not strong in this game, it's going to be hard."