Lucroy will have surgery; says wife is getting hate mail
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy told SportsRadio 1250 WSSP’s Chuck & Wickett that he will undergo surgery Thursday to correct a fracture in his right hand and said his wife has been battered by hateful messages on Facebook since Jonathan suffered his unusual injury in a hotel room mishap Sunday night.
Lucroy said he was reaching under the bed for a sock when his wife moved a suitcase and it fell on his hand. He suffered what the Brewers called a “boxer’s fracture” of the fifth metacarpal.
The Brewers estimated about a six-week recovery when they placed Lucroy on the disabled list Monday night. Assistant GM Gord Ash just told me that surgery will not alter that timeline.
Lucroy was just as upset about the abuse his wife, Sarah, has endured in the days since.
“It’s tough for me, because this is already a freak thing as it is,” Lucroy said. “My wife has been getting hate mail on her Facebook, like, messages and stuff. It’s really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing. I mean, she didn’t do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened.
“It’s been a battle for me, personally, because there’s no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this. It’s not like she’s not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already. I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days.”
That Lucroy needs surgery was news. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, manager Ron Roenicke told reporters that his understanding was Lucroy’s hand would heal on its own.
But Lucroy was examined by head team physician William Raasch in Milwaukee and apparently surgery was deemed the best option. Lucroy told Chuck & Wickett that surgeons would insert a pin Thursday to hold the two segments of bone together.
“The more correctly aligned they are, the better my grip strength will be whenever they heal up,” Lucroy said.
Thanks to WSSP sports director Chuck Freimund for passing along audio of Lucroy’s appearance on the station this morning.
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