Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy's breakout season is expected to be put on hold for four to six weeks while he recovers from a "boxer's fracture." Bernie Augustine of The New York Daily News passed along the timetable on his recovery.
The injury occurred in his right hand. Lucroy, 25, tried to play through the injury but, as you can imagine, a fractured hand made it difficult for him to swing a bat.
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Though it was originally thought that Lucroy's hand might heal on its own, he is now scheduled to have surgery (via Adam McCalvey at Brewers Beat):
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy told SportsRadio 1250 WSSP’s Chuck & Wickett that he will undergo surgery Thursday to correct a fracture in his right hand and said his wife has been battered by hateful messages on Facebook since Jonathan suffered his unusual injury in a hotel room mishap Sunday night.
Honestly, sending a hateful message via Facebook over this incident is ridiculous. While this was obviously an accident, Lucroy noted that his wife already felt terrible about the incident before the hate mail came.
No need to pile on, people.
Also, assistant general manager Gord Ash noted that the surgery would not change Lucroy's recovery timeline.
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While the injury is popularly called a "boxer's fracture," it apparently can happen outside the ring. We don't need to look any further than Lucroy's injury to decipher that.
He injured his hand while being violently assaulted by a suitcase, and the attack may have been set up by his sock.
Augustine reported that Lucroy was reaching around for his sock under his bed when his wife moved a piece of luggage and it fell onto his hand. No charges were filled on the luggage or the sock, which still may be on the loose. Those details are not clear at this time.
This is a disturbing trend for the sock. Their resistance to their lot in life has been well-documented, and now they have lashed out at a high-profile target.
Lucroy is having a great season. He leads the majors with a .514 batting average with runners in scoring position. He is hitting .345 overall, which is currently fourth in the National League, and has five home runs and 30 RBI.
The Brewers will certainly miss his presence in the lineup, but at 20-28, it's not like they were in the thick of the pennant race.
Augustine reports that the Brewers have called up Martin Maldonado to help behind the plate while Lucroy recovers.