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Jonathan Lucroy on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Thursday

Jul 16, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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Jonathan Lucroy was off to a surprising start before suffering a fracture in his right hand almost two months ago. But he’s inching closer to rejoining the Brewers’ lineup.

According to Brewers’ media relations director Mike Vassallo, Lucroy is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Wisconsin.

Lucroy began taking batting practice in the cage over the weekend and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that he was blocking balls in the dirt before tonight’s game against the Cardinals. It’s possible he could return by the end of the month if all goes well.

Lucroy was well on his way to a career year prior to the injury, batting .345/.387/.583 with five home runs, 30 RBI and a .969 OPS through 43 games. Martin Maldonado has played well during his absence, so it’s possible the Brewers could shop George Kottaras to contenders leading up to the trade deadline.

  1. hodaghunter - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Count on Maldonado being sent down. Kottaras is a left handed bat that catches for Randy Wolf. That said, Maldonado has done beautiful work in place of Lucroy

    • bougin89 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      I agree hodaghunter. Although I’m getting a little annoyed of the Kottaras-Wolf relationship. Next year I don’t see either of them on the team. Maldonado has been terrific and deserves to at least be the backup catcher. For years we went through re-tread catcher after re-tread catcher and now we have two young, quality catchers. It’s been one of the few positives on this season.

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