Lucroy on road back, catches bullpen session

Lucroy on road back, catches bullpen session

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Lucroy caught a bullpen session Saturday and said every step he takes toward the baseball field is a positive, since he's been out with a fractured right hand since May 27.

"Just to be able to go out and get on the field at least and contribute somewhat is actually really nice," Lucroy said. "I haven't really been able to contribute to the team at all. Catching bullpens, that helps the team out and it definitely helps me out too. I'm happy to get out there."

Lucroy, who had his cast removed June 20 and is now wearing a brace, said he still can't hit, throw or grip well. He said doctors told him it would take a few weeks for the bone to completely heal after his cast was removed.

"The plan is let the bone completely heal in my hand," Lucroy said. "Whenever that happens, we can start throwing or hitting. We don't want to re-injure it or get it broken again, because I could be out twice as long. We want to make sure it heals correctly so I can perform."

Lucroy was hitting a scorching .345 with five home runs and 30 RBIs through 43 games before the injury.

George Kottaras and Martin Maldonado have been catching in Lucroy's stead, and both delivered hits Saturday. Kottaras is hitting .243 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 43 games, while Maldonado is hitting .254 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 23 games.