After a six week absence, Jonathan Lucroy found his way back into the Brewers lineup Monday.
The catcher had been on the disabled list with a fractured left big toe.
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"I know it’s been a long six weeks for [Lucroy]," Brewers manager Craig Counsell told Brewers.com. "I think, just talking to him, that he enjoyed his four days of playing baseball [on a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Brevard County], being a baseball player again. He enjoyed spending time with some of the younger players, and now he’s back. He’s full-go, and we’re happy to have him back behind the plate and back in the lineup, for sure."
Adjusting to Major League pitching may be a bit of a challenge for Lucroy initially, especially considering the length of his absence.
However, Lucroy went on a brief rehab assignment before the Brewers activated him and he said it helped.
"I saw a good mix of velocity. I saw some breaking stuff. I had very good at-bats, hit the ball hard, walked a couple of times and didn’t strike out any," Lucroy said. "So I felt pretty good hitting. I caught good, no issues. I blocked, no issues. I threw down, no issues.
"I felt good enough to come back here. I feel like I can go up and compete at a very high level."