CINCINNATI -- While No. 1 catcher Jonathan Lucroy continues working back from a fractured finger, the Brewers plan to split time between backups Wil Nieves and George Kottaras based on performance, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday. Nieves got Opening Day duties because he worked well in spring with right-hander Yovani Gallardo, and he is expected to also handle Shaun Marcum on Saturday night as the Reds are pitching a left-hander, Travis Wood, and Kottaras hits left-handed. So Kottaras will likely wait until Sunday to catch left-hander Randy Wolf, reprising a duo from most of last season. After that, playing time will be dictated by who's swinging a hot bat.
"If George swings the bat like he did in Spring Training and catches like he did, he'll be in there more often," Roenicke said. "Wil, I know will [do a good job defensively]. Wil's a good defensive catcher, and he also swung the bat pretty good in spring." When Lucroy returns, one of the catchers will have to be sent down, and both Kottaras and Nieves are out of options. Lucroy is playing Minor League games in Arizona and will report to Class A Brevard County to start the season. That club's opener is April 7.