The Brewers had already lost half of their starting infield due to season-ending knee injuries earlier this month with Mat Gamel and Alex Gonzalez going down, and now they’ll be without another regular for a while.
Jonathan Lucroy has joined Gamel and Gonzalez on the disabled list after fracturing a bone in his right hand. He joins the lengthy list of weird sports injuries, as the catcher was reaching under his hotel room bed for a lost sock on Sunday night when his wife shifted a suitcase, which fell on his hand. Lucroy is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, putting his projected return in late June or early July.
The loss of Lucroy means the Brewers will be without one of their better hitters so far this season, as the soon-to-be 26-year-old backstop has batted .345/.387/.583 with five homers and 30 RBI in what was shaping up to be a breakout year. Milwaukee will call up Martin Maldonado to replace Lucroy on the roster, but George Kottaras will receive the bulk of the playing time behind the dish. Kottaras has a bit of pop and isn’t a bad replacement for Lucroy if waiver wire options are lacking, which is probably the case.
Lilly Lands on DL
It looked like something was up with Ted Lilly when he was blasted for eight runs over just 3 1/3 innings last week. Now we know what the problem was.
The Dodgers placed the veteran left-hander on the disabled list Monday with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Lilly is hoping that an injection and medication will clear up the issue, and as of yet he has not been scheduled for an MRI. But, while it sounds like there’s some optimism that he’ll only miss the minimum amount of time, we can’t be too sure when a shoulder is involved.
Taking Lilly’s spot in the rotation will be Nathan Eovaldi, who holds a 3.09 ERA and 30/13 K/BB ratio over 35 innings at the Double-A level this season. Eovaldi had some success last year with the Dodgers, posting a 3.63 ERA over 34 2/3 frames, though he also walked 20 batters.
If Lilly’s shoulder becomes a bigger issue than initially thought, it’s possible a familiar name could be an option to replace him in the rotation. Yahoo’s Tim Brown has reported that the Dodgers have made an offer to free agent Roy Oswalt, though CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the figures exchanged by the two sides weren’t that close. Oswalt, who hopes to sign on with someone soon, is also drawing interest from the Rangers and other clubs.
National League Quick Hits: Roy Halladay will get his shoulder examined by a doctor Tuesday, though there are no plans for an MRI as of yet. We should know more after the doctor’s visit about whether he’ll require a DL stint … If Doc does need to go on the DL, Vance Worley (elbow) could slide into his rotation spot. Worley has had a couple pain-free throwing sessions and appears to be close … Pablo Sandoval (hand) has upped his workouts recently and appears to be progressing well. The Giants are hoping to have him back in a couple weeks … James McDonald continued to roll along with eight shutout innings against the Reds Monday. His ERA is all the way down to 2.20 … Matt Adams had three hits and three RBI Monday and is now batting .382/.417/.618 with six extra-base hits over his first 34 at-bats. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals work him into the lineup with Allen Craig (hamstring) due back Friday … MLB has announced an eight-week suspension of Juan Carlos Oviedo due to his identity fraud. It’s possible he’ll appeal … Carlos Marmol (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list, but he’ll work in lower-leverage situations for now. James Russell and Shawn Camp will handle the ninth inning in the meantime … Cubs president Theo Epstein has spoken to Ryan Dempster about staying in Chicago beyond this season. We wouldn’t read a ton into it at this point, but perhaps Dempster will stick around rather than being dealt at the trade deadline.
American League Quick Hits: Jered Weaver had to exit Monday’s start after throwing just 12 pitches due to a lower back injury. We’ll know more about his status after he undergoes an MRI Tuesday … Chris Sale put together the best start of his young career Monday, punching out 15 Rays batters over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. He’s got his ERA down to 2.34 while boasting over a strikeout per inning … Brian Roberts (concussion) has yet to have a setback during his rehab assignment and could be back in mid-June if things continue to go well … Brett Gardner (elbow) took dry swings Monday without any issues and is about 10 days away from rejoining the Yankees lineup if he can avoid another setback … Dustin Pedroia is unlikely to play Tuesday after jamming his right thumb while making a diving stop Monday. The injury isn’t considered a big deal, though … The Tigers are hoping that Austin Jackson (abdomen) will be ready for activation from the DL when first eligible on Friday … Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) tossed a successful bullpen session Monday and looks to be in line to rejoin the A’s rotation Saturday … Jack Hannahan has landed on the DL with a calf strain just a couple days after finally returning from his back ailment. He’s expected to miss three weeks … The Indians are optimistic that Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) will be back in a couple days. He’s missed the last three games … Manny Ramirez will not be activated from the suspended list Wednesday and will monitored at Triple-A Sacramento on a day-to-day basis … Hideki Matsui, however, will join the Rays on Tuesday. He’ll receive occasional starts in the outfield and in the DH slot.