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Weeks looks to swing way out of long slump


MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks was called into the manager's office Sunday to talk about taking a day off. After an 8-for-18 start to the season, he had four hits and 22 strikeouts in his last 45 at-bats. Manager Ron Roenicke thought it might be time for a break.

But Weeks made a case to play. When the lineup was posted in the clubhouse, he was back at second base and batting cleanup.

"Rick, he doesn't want it off," Roenicke said. "Sometimes, it comes to [simply telling a player he's sitting out]. But it's not something he wants on his part.

"His thinking is, for him, probably right. Say we give him today off, how do we know today isn't the day that he bounces out of this thing? If he's not in there, he has no chance to get out of it. That's his thinking, and it's good thinking. It depends on the personality, whether that works or not.

"He's going to get out of this. It's a matter of what day it is, and the more I keep him in there, the more I feel like he's going to get out of it."

The cleanup spot has been problematic for the Brewers since Aramis Ramirez went to the disabled list with a sprained left knee. The Brewers entered Sunday ranked 28th of 30 Major League teams with a .531 OPS from their No. 4 hitters, and tied for 25th with five RBIs.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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