Now Commenting On:

Weeks gets first breather in opener with Bucs

Weeks gets first breather in opener with Bucs play video for Weeks gets first breather in opener with Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was not in the lineup for the first time on Monday. In his stead, Yuniesky Betancourt started at second base, while Blake Lalli got the nod at first.

Weeks struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of a 5-1 win over the Pirates in the series opener.

"We're trying to figure out whether we needed to give [Weeks] a day," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It got to the point where we felt like we needed to try something a little different. We'll see, hopefully a day off will help him. We need him to swing, we need him in our lineup. I don't think it will be two days, but it will be a day, and then we'll see how it goes after that."

Weeks is batting .100 (1-for-10) on the current road trip.

"He's not going to like it," Roenicke said. "I already mentioned to him to make sure he is going to be ready when I need him for a pinch-hitter. He told me before that: 'When you want me off, tell me I'm off. If you ask me whether I want a day off, I'm never going to tell you I need it.' So I don't ask him. I thought it was a good day today and so I told him he was off."

George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español