The Red Sox will have the flexibility to keep both Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki if MLB expands rosters from 26 to 29 players for the first month of an abbreviated season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
The two catchers are locked in a roster-spot battle to back up starter Christian Vazquez, but each could be carried if the rosters are temporarily expanded as expected. The freedom to keep three catchers is something upon which interim manager Ron Roenicke went back-and-forth prior to the shutdown. With the expanded rosters, he'll have a free month of regular-season competition to evaluate which is the better fit. From a batting perspective, neither Lucroy (6-for-20, .300) nor Plawecki (9-for-19, .474) separated himself from the other during spring training.
Lucroy went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.
Lucroy is catching regularly after he was signed during the early days of spring training. He's hit safely in four of his last six at-bats after a 2-for-14 start in the Grapefruit League. "Yeah, I'm seeing the ball good and I've been able to see the ball deep and I've been able to put good swings on it and make good decisions," Lucroy told Ian Browne of MLB.com. "I'm definitely feeling a lot better." Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki (.474) are competing to back up starter Christian Vazquez.
Lucroy made his spring debut Thursday, substituting for designated hitter J.D. Martinez and going 1-for-2 in a loss to Phillies.
Lucroy wasted no time making an impact, as he connected on a pinch-hit double off the replica Green Monster in the bottom of the seventh inning. He and Kevin Plawecki are competing to back up starter Christian Vazquez. Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke envisions Lucroy seeing his first game behind the plate this weekend, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. Entering his age-34 season, Lucroy is no longer viewed as a primary catcher.
Lucroy agreed Tuesday with the Red Sox on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
As he heads to Boston, Lucroy will find a familiar face in interim skipper Ron Roenicke, who previously managed the backstop in Milwaukee from 2011 and 2015. Lucroy is well removed from his prime years with the Brewers, but his skills as a pitch framer and ability to take a walk could be enough for him to beat out Kevin Plawecki for backup duties behind No. 1 catcher Christian Vazquez. Heyman notes that Lucroy underwent a disc replacement procedure for his neck early in the offseason, but the 33-year-old will report to camp at 100 percent health.
Lucroy is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Lucroy will be making his second straight start behind the plate after going 1-for-3 in Friday's contest. In five games since joining the Cubs, the veteran catcher is 5-for-15 with two RBI and a run. He'll continue to battle with Victor Caratini for playing time.
Lucroy signed a contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as the Cubs -- who are in need of catching depth after trading away Martin Maldonado and losing Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury -- expressed interest in Lucroy after he was released by the Angels earlier in the week. The veteran backstop owns a .242/.310/.371 slash line with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 74 games this season. He figures to split time behind the dish with Victor Caratini until Contreras returns sometime next month. Per Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic, Lucroy will join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Lucroy was released by the Angels on Monday.
Lucroy went unclaimed after getting designated for assignment on Friday. The 33-year-old doesn't offer all that much at the plate any more, as his 84 wRC+ this season is his best mark since 2016. He could find work if a team loses its catcher to injury at some point down the stretch or simply views Lucroy as a marginal upgrade at catcher.
Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday.
Lucroy was activated off the injured list Wednesday but lasted only one game before being jettisoned from the 40-man roster. It seems possible the Angels attempted to find trade partners at the deadline but were unable to reach a deal, so they opted to DFA the veteran backstop. The 33-year-old had a .242/.310/.371 slash line with seven home runs in 74 games. Lucroy is a prime candidate to be released since he can refuse an outright assignment to Triple-A and can no longer be traded.
Lucroy (nose) was activated from the injured list Wednesday.
Lucroy suffered a concussion and a broken nose during a collision with Jake Marisnick at the plate back in early July. He was given a three-week timeline following a procedure on his nose July 14 but will wind up returning a few days ahead of that timeline. His return pushes Kevan Smith (toe) back to the bench, with Dustin Garneau getting designated for assignment.
Lucroy (nose) won't begin his rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire until Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Lucroy was scheduled to embark on a rehab stint Friday night, but he'll have to wait until Saturday to see any minor-league action. He's expected to see the field Saturday and Monday with the 66ers before likely advancing to a higher level of competition.
Lucroy (nose) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Friday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lucroy has been on the 7-day injured list since suffering a concussion and broken nose July 8 against the Astros, but he'll take a step in the right direction Friday. The Angels have yet to disclose the length of his trip to the minors, but he figures to remain on the shelf at least until the beginning of August.
Lucroy (concussion) will undergo a non-invasive procedure Tuesday to address a fractured nose, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. Manager Brad Ausmus said he expects Lucroy to require approximately three weeks of recovery time following the procedure before returning from the 10-day injured list.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News, Lucroy will don a cast on his nose post-surgery for around 3-to-7 days before having it removed. Once that happens, Lucroy, who is also recovering from a concussion, will gradually ease back into baseball activities, with his ability to catch a nine-inning rehab or simulated game likely marking the final step of his recovery process. While Lucroy is on the shelf through at least early-to-mid-August, Dustin Garneau and Kevan Smith should share time behind the plate.
Lucroy (concussion/broken nose) was transferred to the 7-day injured list Friday.
This move was a formality, as Lucroy had already been diagnosed with a concussion. It is the third concussion he has sustained in his career, but he says it is not the worst concussion he has had. Dustin Garneau and Kevin Smith will split the catching duties while Lucroy is out.
Lucroy was diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose following a collision at the plate with Jake Marisnick on Sunday.
The pair of injuries will likely take Lucroy a fair amount of time to recover from, though he has yet to be placed on the injured list. He'll have to wait until the swelling has gone away to deal with the fracture, which the Angels don't expect to happen until after the All-Star break, so a trip to the injured list appears to be all but guaranteed. Dustin Garneau will be the Angels' top catcher with Kevan Smith (hand) also on the injured list.
Lucroy is being taken to a local hospital for a CT scan following a collision at the plate Sunday against Houston.
Lucroy was involved in a collision during Sunday's clash and was carted off the field after getting to his feet. He's headed for a CT scan and will then be evaluated for a concussion and a fractured nose.
Lucroy left Sunday's game against the Astros after a collision at home place, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Jake Marisnick ran full speed into Lucroy during a play at the plate, though both players were eventually able to get to their feet. Lucroy was spotted holding a towel to his face as he was carted off the field, per Bollinger. The extent of the backstop's injury remains to be seen, but he'll be considered day-to-day until further notice. Fortunately, the Angels don't play again until Friday against the Mariners, so he'll have some time to recover.
Lucroy is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Houston, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Lucroy has a short, three-game hitting streak but has been poor dating back to late May, posting a .163/.239/.175 slash line over his last 28 contests. Dustin Garneau will get the nod behind the plate Saturday.
Lucroy is not starting Wednesday against Texas.
Lucroy has just a .508 OPS over his last 13 games. Dustin Garneau will take over behind the plate.
Lucroy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
Lucroy also received Saturday off, so his absence from the lineup for a second straight day comes as a surprise. The Angels haven't indicated that Lucroy is dealing with an injury, so manager Brad Ausmus may have just wanted to give the veteran backstop a breather amid his June swoon. Dustin Garneau gets the nod at catcher while, barring a pinch-hitting appearance, Lucroy closes out June with a .172/.275/.172 batting line.
Lucroy is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Athletics.
Lucroy started the first two games of the series and will take a maintenance day Saturday. Dustin Garneau will start behind the plate and bat ninth for the Halos.
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