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Injury problems have been the Achilles' heel of the Brewers in recent seasons.
Several key players must avoid injuries in order for the Brewers to play to their full potential.
Rickie Weeks has struggled with injuries for nearly his entire big league career. In 2010, he finally avoided the disabled list. Only Prince Fielder played in more games than Weeks.
The increased playing time allowed Weeks to set career highs in nearly every offensive category. If he can avoid the injury bug in 2011, Weeks could be well on his way to becoming one of baseball's elite second basemen.
Zack Greinke has been making headlines since the Brewers acquired him in December, but lately he's been in the news for the wrong reasons.
Greinke fractured a rib playing basketball before the start of spring training, and he'll have to start the season on the 15-day DL. The Brewers are counting on Greinke to be their ace in 2011, and he can't do that if he's not healthy.
Other key players with injury concerns include Yovani Gallardo, Ryan Braun and Shaun Marcum.
Gallardo was selected as an All-Star in 2010, but couldn't play because of a strained left side muscle.
Although Braun has spent little time on the DL in his career, he was bothered by an elbow irritation in 2010 and this spring has missed several games due to strained muscles in his rib cage.
Marcum has started more than 25 games only once in his career, and this spring has dealt with tightness in his shoulders. Brewers fans hope he can stay healthy and throw 200 innings for the first time in his career.
If the above players can avoid being sidelined by injuries in 2011, the Brewers' playoff hopes will shine much brighter.