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08/17/08 8:41 PM ET

Weeks exits with sprained left thumb

Brewers second baseman suffers injury in fifth-inning at-bat

LOS ANGELES -- Brewers second baseman and leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks left Sunday's game at Dodger Stadium with a sprained left thumb, the same digit that required surgery nearly three years ago.

Weeks suffered the injury during a fifth-inning strikeout in an eventual 7-5 loss to the Dodgers when he fouled off a pitch from Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw.

The soreness is in a different area than the ligament he damaged late in the 2005 season, Weeks said. He required surgery for that ailment.

"It's just sore," Weeks said. "The best decision, especially since it was in the same thumb, was to go ahead and [rest] it up. ... It's a deep bruise."

Weeks was replaced by Ray Durham in the bottom of the sixth, and Durham becomes the chief option should Weeks be sidelined. The veteran switch-hitter delivered a two-run single in Milwaukee's four-run ninth inning.

The Brewers acquired Durham from the Giants last month.

"It's called depth," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Weeks doubled in his first at-bat on Sunday but struck out his next two times up. He went 4-for-16 (.250) on the Brewers' West Coast road trip and is hitting .229 this season.

He has a history of hand and wrist injuries. Less than a year after his thumb surgery, Weeks needed another procedure to repair a sheath around a tendon in his right wrist. Weeks played through pain in that wrist throughout much of 2007.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.