The official word on Jonathan Lucroy’s broken left big toe is that the Brewers catcher is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, putting his likely return date somewhere around June 1.
Lucroy took a foul tip off his toe Monday night against the Reds and now the Brewers are left with backup Martin Maldonado is an expanded role and call-up Juan Centeno as the new backup.
Lucroy was off to a slow start, but he was a top-five MVP finisher last season and it’s very tough news for a Brewers team that is 2-12. Maldonado has a good defensive reputation and decent power, but he’s a career .222 hitter with a .649 OPS in 206 games.
Lucroy is joined on the Brewers’ disabled list by second baseman Scooter Gennett, who sliced open his hand while showering in the clubhouse.
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”