Rehabbing Lucroy nearing Brewers return

Rehabbing Lucroy nearing Brewers return

Rehabbing Lucroy nearing Brewers return
MILWAUKEE -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy drew a pair of walks and scored a run in his Minor League season debut on Thursday night and could be back with the Brewers for their upcoming road trip.

Lucroy, who is recovering from a fractured right pinkie finger with Double-A Huntsville, had four plate appearances in Huntsville's season-opening win at Jacksonville. He is "on schedule," manager Ron Roenicke said.

"He'll catch again [Friday and Saturday] and then we'll see where we are with him," Roenicke said.

The Brewers begin a three-city trip on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

"It's not a question of his legs getting in shape or his throwing," Roenicke said. "What it comes down to is his timing offensively. As soon as he feels like he can come up here and give us good at-bats -- and I'm not saying he has to go down there and get three hits every day before he's ready -- but when he tells us that he feels really good offensively, then I think he's ready to go."

Lucroy is one of three Brewers beginning Minor League rehabilitation assignments.

Reliever LaTroy Hawkins, working back from last season's right shoulder surgery, struck out four batters over two scoreless innings for Class A Brevard County at Daytona, Fla., on Friday night. He struck out two in a 1-2-3 sixth inning, then worked around two singles and an error with two more strikeouts in a scoreless seventh.

"Felt great," Hawkins wrote on Twitter, where he posts as @Adidas219. "The guys in the [bullpen] down here gave me the nickname grandpa! What can I say!"

Next up is left-hander Manny Parra (back), who is to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Class A Wisconsin on Saturday.