Lucroy nearing Minor League rehab stint

Brewers All-Star catcher still restricted from running to protect broken left toe

Lucroy nearing Minor League rehab stint

NEW YORK -- A Minor League rehabilitation assignment is in sight for Jonathan Lucroy, who has resumed some catching duties, but he remains restricted from running while a broken left toe heals.

By the end of the 10-game, three-city road trip which began Friday night at Citi Field, the Brewers hope to have a plan for their All-Star catcher to depart for an affiliate, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. Lucroy resisted the urge to project a return date during a conversation with reporters on Friday afternoon.

"The running part's a big one," Lucroy said. "When we get to that, then we'll start talking about a return date. We'll have to wait and see on that one."

Saying he was "feeling really good," Lucroy was cleared to catch pitchers' between-starts bullpen sessions. He did so Friday wearing newly modified cleats from New Balance, which had been augmented with toe caps made from carbon fiber covered in rubber.

The hope is that the modifications will prevent a re-injuring of his left pinkie toe, which fractured on a foul tip April 20 against the Reds. On Monday, Lucroy will be exactly four weeks into a rehab period that was estimated to take 4-6 weeks.

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