Excited Lucroy feels ‘really, really good’

I just caught Jonathan Lucroy on his cell phone as he was about to board a flight bound for Pittsburgh and the big leagues.

The Brewers activated Lucroy from the 15-day disabled list this morning, and he’ll be back in uniform for the start of a three-game series against the Pirates on Tuesday night. It’s his personal Opening Day after missing all of big league Spring Training with a fractured right pinkie finger.

He’s ready to resume a full schedule. We’ll see if the Brewers have a different plan.

“You know what I’m going to say — I’m ready to go,” Lucroy said. “I’m going to do whatever they want me to do. I’m excited. I don’t want to get too worked up where I’m nervous or anything, but I’m excited to see all of the guys and help this team win games.”

Lucroy played in four games for Double-A Huntsville and went 3-for-11 with four RBIs and six walks. He was throwing and catching bullpens even before he was cleared to hit in games, so his Minor League assignment was all about getting back some timing at the plate. Lucroy feels the assignment was a success.

“I feel good, really good,” he said. “I threw the ball well, I thought, I received the ball and blocked the ball, I had good at-bats. I took some walks. I thought, ‘Man, I feel pretty good here.’ I feel like I was competitive both offensively and defensively.”

Does he feel he beat the schedule?

“No, I think this is about the time I thought,” he said. “I had originally estimated that I would be back at some point from the 11th to the 15th. I was eligible to come off the DL on [April 6] but they wanted me to play the five games in Jacksonville with the Double-A team, and Day 5 of that series is today. So I figured something was about to happen.”


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