The pin surgically inserted in Jonathan Lucroy’s fractured right pinkie finger will be removed March 21, the Brewers said, and the player remains hopeful about catching Yovani Gallardo 10 days later in the team’s regular-season opener.
“That’s what we’re shooting for,” said Lucroy, projected as the Brewers’ No. 1 catcher.
Once the pin is removed, Lucroy could begin hitting as much as pain tolerates him to do so, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. Lucroy could take extra at-bats in Minor League games to catch up.
Dr. Don Sheridan, who inserted a metal pin into Lucroy’s finger to aid the healing process, examined the digit again Friday. The original schedule had Lucroy sidelined about four weeks from Feb. 24, the day after he was injured in a blocking drill. The Brewers’ season-opener is March 31 in Cincinnati.