Lucroy plays six innings in second rehab game

Lucroy plays six innings in second rehab game

Lucroy plays six innings in second rehab game
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- Playing in his second of four rehabilitation starts with Class A Wisconsin, Jonathan Lucroy was on a similar schedule as his first game. The Brewers' catcher went 1-for-3 and played six innings against the Great Lakes Loons, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Slotted third in the Timber Rattlers' lineup again, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop in the bottom of the first inning. Leading off the fourth, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop again. In his final at-bat, Lucroy came up with one on and two outs and the Timber Rattlers down, 1-0. Lucroy was able to extend the inning with a single to right field, and cleanup hitter Nick Ramirez then singled, tying the game at 1. Lucroy was stranded at third, then removed from the game.

"I didn't make a real good throw on a guy stealing, which is part of knocking the rust off," said Lucroy, who is recovering from a broken hand. "I had some good at-bats. I hit the ball hard a couple of times. A guy made a good play on me up the middle. I had a flare hit against a guy who's throwing pretty well for them. He threw me a lot of curveballs, a lot of offspeed stuff. He threw me some fastballs that I missed. That's all a part of timing. The more at-bats you have, the better timing gets."

Lucroy bounced his throw on the stolen-base attempt in front of second base. The ball trickled into center field, but not deep enough for the runner to advance to third.

"The [throw] last night was a little better," Lucroy said. "It was a little short today, a little one-hop. That's just part of it. When you haven't caught in a month, you have to get back into it. I've still got some games here and some games in Nashville to knock that rust off. I think by my time in Nashville ends, I'll feel a lot better back there."

Saturday's plan is for Lucroy to be the designated hitter. It's not a day off, as Lucroy still has a focused mindset.

"I'm just trying to have good at-bats and hit the ball hard," he said. "These guys are going to try to keep things down on me. I just have to wait for a mistake and jump for it."

Even though Lucroy was in a different time zone than his Brewers teammates -- who lost to the Reds, 3-1, on Friday -- he was able to follow along and heard about Ryan Braun recording his 1,000th career hit.

"Sandy Guerrero told me in the dugout that Brauny got his 1,000th hit, which is awesome," Lucroy said. "He definitely deserves it. He's unbelievable. I wish I could have been there to watch it."

Lucroy finds it difficult to not be able to help the Brewers try to fight their way up the National League Central standings.

"That's definitely difficult," Lucroy said. "I wish I could be there and help out. Like I said last night, [Martin] Maldonado is holding it down pretty well. If I can just get back healthy and contribute, too -- I don't think it's going to be that much longer."

Adam DeCock is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.