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.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.