Lucroy moves one step closer to return

Lucroy moves one step closer to return

PHOENIX -- Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy underwent a procedure Monday to remove the metal pin from his right pinkie finger and still has a chance to play on Opening Day.

Lucroy fractured his finger in a catching drill on Feb. 23. The pin was inserted to aid the healing process, and the next step is gradually restoring flexibility in the joint and resuming hitting.

"I'm going to swing [Tuesday] and see how it feels," Lucroy said.

He was able to catch bullpen sessions and participate in throwing drills with the pin in place, and is aiming to be on the field for the Brewers' March 31 regular-season opener in Cincinnati.

"He's been doing everything but hitting," manager Ron Roenicke said. "His legs are ready. It's just a matter of getting that bat in his hand and seeing if we can get that finger on the bat."