Rickie Weeks is starting to play more like his normal self.

He's running the bases better and starting to hit the ball, a reassuring sight for Milwaukee Brewers fans after he missed 39 games due to a severely sprained left ankle suffered in late July.

And it could make a huge difference for the Brewers as they edge closer to the National League Central Division title and what they hope will be an extended playoff run.

"I think everybody knows he's probably not going to be 100%," said Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. "But he's getting better and he's out there playing.

"He's swinging the bat good now and getting his timing back, so it's really good to have him back in there."