As expected the Brewers have activated Jonathan Lucroy from the disabled list after the All-Star catcher missed six weeks with a broken big toe.
Lucroy got off to a slow start before the injury and Milwaukee catchers (mostly Martin Maldonado) were terrible in his absence, so overall this season the position has produced a lowly .162 batting average with three homers and a .481 OPS in 51 games for the Brewers.
Last season Lucroy finished fourth in the MVP balloting, hitting .301 with 13 homers, a league-leading 53 doubles, and an .837 OPS in 153 games. Expect him play 4-5 times per week, with Maldonado seeing only fill-in action.
Baseball fans were subjected to 17 innings of ball between the Diamondbacks and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon. D-Backs outfielder Mark Trumbo hit a solo home run to tie the game up at 6-6 in the top of the eighth inning and the score would hold there until Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a walk-off solo home run in the 17th inning off of Vidal Nuno, in his sixth inning of relief work.
Maldonado was certainly an unlikely hero, as he entered the game batting .157/.222/.209 in 127 plate appearances. The homer is his third of the season along with 10 RBI.
Out since mid-April with a broken toe, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Wednesday at Single-A.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Lucroy is scheduled to play four games there and then, barring a setback, rejoin the Brewers’ active roster Monday.
Lucroy was off to a slow start before the injury, but he’s been one of the best all-around catchers in baseball since 2012 and last season finished fourth in the MVP voting.
Martin Maldonado has served as Lucroy’s primary fill-in and Brewers catchers have combined to hit just .151 this season. Lucroy hit .301 with 13 homers and a league-leading 53 doubles last year.