PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers finished a nine-game road trip on Thursday, were already guaranteed a series win over the Pirates, and played a day game after a night game. It might have been the perfect opportunity to give utility man Joe Inglett his first start of the season.
"Where would he play?" manager Ken Macha asked.
How about second base? Rickie Weeks is off to a terrific start (.327 average, .478 on-base percentage, 12 runs scored and 11 RBIs through Wednesday night) but also has a history of hand and wrist injuries. He has never played more than 133 games in his pro career.
"He would be in my office," Macha said. "Rickie doesn't want any days off. Rickie wants to be Prince [Fielder] and play every game."
Fielder has played 200 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. Macha said he could see Weeks being similarly durable because his past injuries have not been the result of wear and tear, but rather singular, violent events.
Would Weeks like to play all 162 games?
"I know I could do it," Weeks said.
Of his outstanding start, Weeks said, "It's only two weeks. So you have to keep it up. I've been seeing the ball well since the start of Spring Training, so that's the big thing."