PHILADELPHIA -- Rickie Weeks was back in the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday, while the teammate who knocked him out of Tuesday's game was moved down one spot. Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who clipped Weeks on the jaw as both players converged for an infield hit during Tuesday's 11-4 loss, was penciled in as Milwaukee's No. 6 hitter Wednesday after making each of his first 12 starts in the five hole. Hardy entered the game hitting .125 and was 1-for-13 (.077) with runners in scoring position. "J.J. has been scuffling," manager Ken Macha said. "He's going to be just fine. I just put [Mike] Cameron up there because he has two homers off [Phillies starter Joe] Blanton. ... We'll see how it works out. My plan is to have [Hardy] hit there [in the five hole], but this guy is hitting .125."More
Macha doesn't buy the notion that a switch to the five hole -- Hardy batted mostly second last season -- should have an effect on Hardy's production. In his first plate appearance this season hitting sixth, Hardy singled in the second inning against Blanton. That Weeks was in the starting lineup came as good news for the Brewers. He was jarred last week when a fastball from Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez struck Weeks on the left side of his jaw. It actually caused more pain on the right side, and that's where Hardy's elbow struck Weeks in the first inning Tuesday. A Brewers official said Weeks left the game because of dizziness, but the player explained Wednesday that he actually suffered a mild concussion. He was pulled from the game by head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger, who put Weeks through a battery of tests. In one, Weeks looked at the ceiling and stood on one leg. In another, Weeks worked out on the stationary bike before taking part in a balance exercise. "What he wanted to do was get his heart rate up and see how he felt," Macha said. Weeks said he felt "fine," but admitted that wasn't the case for the half-inning or so after Hardy's shoulder caught his chin. "That's sports," said Weeks, who figured he suffered a concussion or two playing high school football. "That's what happens. You can't worry about that kind of stuff. ... I felt kind of woozy [Tuesday night] for that half-inning right there. It was precautionary [coming out of the game] but looking back on it, it was probably the right thing to do." The only other lineup change on Wednesday involved third base, where Craig Counsell made the start over Bill Hall. Hall had never faced Blanton and Counsell was 1-for-2 with a walk. Hall has played excellent defense this season and was hitting .275, but had only driven in two runs and was 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position with four strikeouts.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less