The Brewers horrible, terrible, no good, very bad luck regarding injuries just got worse, if that was even possible.
Assistant General Manager Gord Ash reported that catcher Jonathan Lucroy injured his hand and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, all because of a fallen suitcase. Adam McCalvy reported the story on Monday.
He was reaching under his hotel room bed Sunday night for a lost sock when his wife shifted a suitcase, which fell on Lucroy’s hand.
Lucroy kept quiet and reported to Dodger Stadium to take some swings. It became clear he couldn’t play because he couldn’t properly grip the bat.
Lucroy was replaced by backup catcher George Kottaras, who was nursing a sore hamstring of his own that was grounds for removal from Sunday’s game.
The Brewers catcher was hitting .345 with 5 homers and 30 RBI to go along with an uncanny .514 average with runners in scoring position, but will become the seventh Brewers player to find his way to the disabled list.
That’s right, seven.
In a span of five games, the Brewers have lost four players to significant injury. After losing Alex Gonzalez and Mat Gamel for the season, Cesar Izturis and Travis Ishikawa were viable replacements until they were both injured during the Arizona series. The fill-in fifth starter for Chris Narveson (whose season is over with a torn rotator cuff), Marco Estrada, will be out until late June/early July after straining his right quad on Wednesday. And now Lucroy injures himself in a freak accident involving a suitcase.
Brewers fans would ask “who’s next?”, but they probably fear the consequence. Heck, I probably jinxed Lucroy just earlier today.
Martin Maldonado is expected to receive the call up to Milwaukee despite batting only .198 in AAA Nashville this season. In the same article linked above, I wrote that Maldonado may join the “Nashville Brewers” soon considering the team’s luck.
Michael Fiers will be called up to make his first Major League start on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
A lineup that just one month ago featured Gamel, Gonzalez, and Lucroy on a daily basis now includes the daunting figures of Cody Ransom, Brooks Conrad, and Martin Maldonado.