MILWAUKEE -- As expected, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy took batting practice Saturday for the first time since he fractured his right hand in late May. Manager Ron Roenicke not only got a chance to see Lucroy hit, he was the one throwing the pitches, and the second-year manager liked what he saw. "He swung really well," Roenicke said of Lucroy. "It looked like just before he was hurt. The ball came off hot. He squared off almost everything I threw."
Roenicke said he was actually surprised at how confidently Lucroy swung, considering his work with the bat had been limited to soft toss and hitting off a tee for nearly two months. Before the injury, Lucroy was among the Major League leaders in batting with runners in scoring position, and his 30 RBIs -- along with a .345 batting average -- placed him right behind left fielder Ryan Braun for the team lead. On Friday, Lucroy said he wants to be playing again by July 20. Roenicke said that seems like a realistic time for Lucroy to begin a Minor League rehab assignment after watching him swing on Saturday. And although nothing is set, Roenicke said he's optimistic Lucroy will be playing for the Brewers sooner rather than later. "He's got to get through [team physician Dr. William Raasch] and I think they do another X-ray to make sure the bone's healed up," Roenicke said. "But it is good news."