The Brewers on Monday reinstated catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the disabled list and designated outfielder Jeremy Reed for assignment.
Lucroy took over as the Brewers’ starting catcher after Gregg Zaun got hurt last season and hit .253/.300/.329 with four homers in 277 at-bats. He missed the entire exhibition season and the first week and the half of the regular season with a broken finger sustained in spring drills.
Before Lucroy got hurt, one of the Brewers’ questions this season was whether incumbent George Kottaras or journeyman Wil Nieves would function as his backup. Even after getting a longer look at both than anticipated, the Brewers still weren’t willing to make that call Monday, dropping outfielder Jeremy Reed instead. Reed hadn’t started a game this season and was 0-for-7 off the bench.
So, until Corey Hart comes off the disabled list, probably in about a week, the Brewers will go with three catchers. Kottaras started five games to Nieves’ four while Lucroy was out, if that’s any indication of how the team is leaning.