The hits just keep coming for the Milwaukee Brewers. Just minutes ago, news on Rickie Weeks broke on Twitter:
Rickie Weeks out for the season, expected to need surgery for his hamstring injury. Details to come at #Brewers .com.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 9, 2013
Weeks returned to Milwaukee after sustaining the injury on Wednesday, and the MRI revealed that he would need surgery to repair the damage done to his hamstring. After seeking a second opinion, he has decided on surgery.
Weeks is the fifth of the Brewers expected Opening Day starters to sustain an injury, and the third that is done for the season. Ryan Braun and Corey Hart are also done for the season, and Aramis Ramirez and Yovani Gallardo are currently on the DL.
It has been a rough year for Rickie Weeks. He batted .183/.285/.280 over the first two months of the season with 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 23 walks, and 59 strikeouts in 175 AB. He rebounded in June by hitting .355/.429/.677 with 5 HR and 9 RBI, but slipped again in July and August with a line of .168/.271/.301.
Weeks is still under contract with the Brewers for 2014, though this injury will put some doubt on his option for 2015. He can still guarantee his option if he gets 600 PA in 2014 and finishes the season healthy. The Brewers can also choose to pick up that option themselves.
UPDATE: According to Todd Rosiak, the injury is a torn tendon, and that it's a 50-50 call on surgery vs. rehab. Prognosis is good for Weeks, as it is very likely he will be ready for the start of spring training next season.