Lucroy back with Brewers

The Brewers got a bit healthier Monday when catcher Jonathan Lucroy was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll be with the team Tuesday in Pittsburgh for the start of a three-city road trip.

Outfielder Jeremy Reed was designated for assignment to make way for Lucroy. Reed was 0-for-7 as a Brewers pinch-hitter, and the Brewers have coverage in the outfield with Nyjer Morgan, Mark Kotsay and Erick Almonte alongside starting left fielder Ryan Braun and center fielder Carlos Gomez, plus Corey Hart inching back to a return from the DL. The Brewers have 10 days to trade Reed, release him or ask him to report to the Minors.

“With the versatility Morgan has given us and [the fact they have] five outfielders and with Corey due back in the next 10 days to two weeks, this was the more logical decision at this point,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

Lucroy gives the Brewers three active catchers and delays what was expected to be a tough decision between George Kottaras and Wil Nieves.


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