Hamstring improving, Lucroy eyes game action

Hamstring improving, Lucroy eyes game action

PHOENIX -- Continuing a speedy comeback from a strained hamstring, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is poised for at-bats in Minor League intrasquad games in the coming days and could make his Cactus League debut by the end of the week.

"I think it's possible, yes," manager Ron Roenicke said.

The plan calls for Lucroy to take at-bats but not run the bases in Minor League intrasquad games in the middle of the week. If he passes that test, the All-Star could be cleared to play a couple of innings in an "A" game for the Brewers, who are home at Maryvale Baseball Park on Saturday (against the Cubs) and Sunday (against the A's).

Lucroy has been taking it slow since being diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain in the second full week of February. He was able to play through a similar issue for much of last season and had a flare-up during an offseason sprinting drill.

"He feels good," Roenicke said of Lucroy. "He ran well [Sunday]. He's not that far away, if we can give him a few at-bats before we get him over in one of our games."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.