Jun 25, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (2) hits a grand slam home run in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers Playing It Safe With Scooter Gennett

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett sat out his third straight game Friday due to a tight right quadriceps muscle.

Gennett was initially injured last Saturday in Washington, was used as a pinch-hitter only on Sunday, but then started Monday and Tuesday.

However, he left Tuesday’s game after just four innings because the tightness flared back up.

Manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com that Gennett will likely return to the lineup on Sunday for the series—and homestand—finale against the New York Mets.

“I think that’s what the plan is,” Roenicke said Friday. “He’s going to go through everything today, make sure all phases are good. And, if he comes out of that, they’ll let me know for the game [Friday]. He’ll be available hopefully [Saturday] again and see if we can get him back in there on the day after and see what happens.”

Gennett likely would not have started Saturday’s game; the Mets are starting left-hander Jon Niese.

Rickie Weeks has started the last three games and will get the nod Saturday. Weeks is 3-for-11 with three doubles and an RBI over the last three games, but has struck out five times. He’s also been hit by a pitch.

For the season, Weeks is at .261/.330/.400 in 80 games and 182 plate appearances, with 12 doubles, three homers and 17 RBI. He is 9-for-39 with five RBI as a pinch-hitter.

Gennett is at .305/.343/.481 in 89 games and 322 plate appearances, with 42 runs, 22 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 34 RBI.

But he’s been very hot since the end of May, hitting .356/.396/.600 with six homers and 20 RBI in his last 38 games.

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