Lucroy agreed to a one-year, $3.35 million contract with the Angels on Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Lucroy spent the 2018 campaign with Oakland, slashing .241/.291/.325 with four home runs and 51 RBI over 126 games. He figures to slot in as the starting catcher after the Angels parted ways with Francisco Arcia and traded Martin Maldonado to the Astros midseason. Kevan Smith and Jose Briceno could also battle for playing time behind the dish.
Lucroy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners. Lucroy will get what appears to be a routine day off following five straight starts during which he hit .333/.389/.600 with a homer and two RBI. Josh Phegley will set up behind the dish.
Lucroy went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored Monday against the Mariners. Lucroy took James Paxton deep in the third inning to record his fourth home run of the season. It was his first home run since Aug. 26. Through 441 plate appearances, he's hitting just .243/.293/.330.
Lucroy is out of the lineup against the Angels on Thursday. Lucroy will receive a standard day off following five straight starts behind the plate. In his place, Josh Phegley will catch Edwin Jackson and bat ninth. Look for Lucroy to return to the starting lineup for Friday's series opener versus Minnesota.
Lucroy is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles. Lucroy will make his way to the bench after going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win. In his absence, Josh Phegley will set up behind the dish and hit ninth.