Lucroy has made national news with the unusual way he suffered the injury. He is expected to miss five weeks after a suitcase landed on his right hand 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 the Brewers have been unable to catch a break in the injury department as there are seven players on injured reserve. They called up catcher Martin Maldonado to replace Lucroy on the roster. Maldonado recorded his first major league hit last night in a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was also a huge asset behind home plate as fellow minor league call up Michael Fiers recorded a win in his first major league start.
There is no doubt Milwaukee will have to gain control and right the ship because without Lucroy in the lineup for over a month it could potentially be a very bumpy ride. So far the Brewers have weathered the storm just fine as they have defeated the best team in baseball two games in a row. However, that does not mean Milwaukee can let up at any point because the second they do other teams will walk all over them.
It is critical the Brewers stick together as a team and take notes from their past two victories. They need to have fun playing baseball because that is the only way this team knows how to win. If other players can pick up the slack Milwaukee should be able to hold it together until Lucroy is healthy enough to return to the lineup.
Lucroy gave some insight on how his broken hand will be surgically repaired.
“In order to have grip strength, they go in with a pin, align the two broken parts and pin it together so they grow together correctly,” Lucroy said. “The more correctly aligned they are, the better my grip strength will be whenever it heals up.”
Lucroy is one of the hottest players on the Brewers and has proved to be one of the best catchers in the league. 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.