Lucroy is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Twins. This is his second off day in the last seven games. Kevan Smith will start behind the dish, hitting sixth.
Lucroy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Lucroy is getting a routine day off after starting in each of the Angels' last four games. Backup Kevan Smith will handle catching duties in the series finale.
Lucroy went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs and a walk during an 8-7 loss to the Twins on Wednesday. After a couple days off, Lucroy has gone 3-for-7 in the last two games. Despite regularly missing games to rest, Lucroy does have five home runs since April 30. He's batting .269 with six bombs, 19 RBI and 19 runs in 119 at-bats this season.
Lucroy sits for the second straight game Monday against Minnesota. Lucroy hasn't been reportedly dealing with any injuries, but there's a chance he's dealing with something, as he hasn't sat for back-to-back games at any previous point this season. Kevan Smith starts again behind the plate. The Angels could be simply trying to get Smith more time, as he's hitting .296/.397/.444 on the season.
Lucroy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Angels are giving Lucroy a routine breather for the series finale, opening up a start behind the plate for Kevan Smith. The owner of a six-game hitting streak heading into the weekend, Lucroy took a step back with an 0-for-7 showing at the dish between the first two games of the series.
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