The Milwaukee Brewers are having a season to forget, and it’s still only May.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy will miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand after a suitcase landed on it in his hotel room. Lucroy said the accident happened on Sunday night when his wife moved a suitcase that fell off the bed onto his hand while he was reaching for a sock. It seems something like this could only happen to the Brewers.
Milwaukee is the most inconsistent team in baseball. It is very rare for them to have everything working together for one solid victory. Ironically, they were able to do that last night against one of the hottest teams in baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is easy for fans to blame the inconsistency on the play of the players. However, it is very difficult to get any kind of chemistry going in the locker room and on the field when the team has seven players on the disabled list.
“It’s not going too well in that area,” said manager Ron Roenicke. “Obviously, it hurts our team a lot. I feel really bad for him. And he feels really bad about it.”
The Brewers went from having one of the best catchers currently in all of baseball, not to mention a backup who has been playing out of his mind considering the limited action he saw, to having to start minor leaguer Martin Maldonado. Backup catcher George Kottaras has been dealing with a hamstring injury which means Maldonado is expected to start.
Fans have been wondering and are quick to point out that Milwaukee must be doing something different than last year as far as training goes. If the players are stretching properly then there should not be as many muscle-related injuries. However, Roenicke is certain nothing is different from last season.
“Everything is exactly the same,” said Roenicke. “The hamstrings, the pulled quads, the sore shoulders, those can be prevented because there is a maintenance program that guys do. Sometimes you can’t do anything about those, but those are the things you have control over because of how you train and what you do.”
Lucroy has not only been one of the best catchers offensively this season but he has been one of the best players. He is batting .345 with 10 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 30 RBI, two stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .387 in 139 plate appearances. Lucroy is batting .514 with runners in scoring position, which leads the majors, and had a .388 batting average in the month of May.
The Brewers already have enough problems with them being eight games under .500 but they cannot allow these injuries get to them. The team has to rally around it and rise up. There are several players who will be getting a great opportunity to prove themselves in the majors so Milwaukee must take advantage of it.