Lucroy continues to progress from hand surgery

Lucroy continues to progress from hand surgery

HOUSTON -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy continued to progress towards returning to the lineup after May 31 surgery on his broken right hand.

"It's feeling good," said Lucroy, who was hitting .345 for the season and .371 over the 10 games prior to the injury.

Lucroy took some "dry" swings before the game to see how it felt.

"I threw, too, and it felt pretty good," Lucroy added. "So hopefully we're making some progress."

He said an X-ray showed improvement in the hand.

"It went good," Lucroy said. "It's calcifying; it's starting to really heal up pretty good.

"So hopefully we can get that bone nice and solid here pretty soon so I can start some more baseball heavy activity."

Lucroy said he is shooting for a timetable that would bring him back to the lineup in mid- to late-July. "Obviously it's give or take a few days, depending on what the doctor says. But that's the goal and hopefully we can make that."