Lucroy needs surgery, says wife harassed

Lucroy defends wife after Internet harassment

LOS ANGELES -- Injured Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said he would be as much a part of the team as possible in the coming weeks, even after undergoing surgery Thursday morning to repair a broken bone in his right hand.

"This is tough, guys," he said via telephone from Milwaukee. "I was having a pretty decent year. We weren't having the year as a team, so far, that we wanted, but personally I was feeling pretty good and I wish that this kind of thing wouldn't have happened because I feel like I really could have helped the team win even more.

"There's obviously nothing we can do it now. All I'm trying to do now is move on and try to heal up and try to help my team win any way I can in my limited capacity."

He could participate in scouting meetings, and plans to catch bullpens after the doctors clear him to resume activity. The Brewers say Lucroy will be sidelined about six weeks.

"It's hard to accept, but you know what? It's part of life," Lucroy said. "Accidents happen. You just have to accept it and move on, I guess."

He declined to elaborate about that accident. Lucroy previously explained that he was reaching under the hotel-room bed for a lost sock when his wife, Sarah, moved a suitcase. It fell on his hand, Lucroy said, causing what is termed a "boxer's fracture."

He told SportsRadio 1250 earlier Wednesday that Sarah had been harassed by some Brewers fans via Facebook.

"It's been a battle for me, personally, because there's no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this," he told the radio station. "It's not like she's not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already. I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days."

Thursday's surgery is scheduled for 7 a.m. CT. Surgeons will insert a pin into Lucroy's fifth metacarpal to ensure the bone heals straight.

"Dr. [William] Raasch stated the straighter this bone heals, the better, because it's a big bone in grip strength," Lucroy said. "Obviously, grip strength is important in swinging the bat. If it's going to be done, it's got to be done right. ... As long as I have my grip strength back, I think it will be fine. I don't think it's going to be a long-term issue at all."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.