After Monday's 6-1 loss to the Reds, the Brewers confirmed the worst: Jonathan Lucroy is heading to the disabled list with a fractured toe. To take his place on the roster, Juan Centeno will be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Lucroy took a foul tip off the bat of Zack Cozart in the sixth inning, getting hit right on his toe. The Brewers originally left their All Star catcher in the game, but after he hobbled off the field following a fly out in his next at-bat he came out in favor of Martin Maldonado.
This continues what has been an increasingly frustrating season for Lucroy. After earning a place among the top catchers in all of baseball last season, Lucroy started 2015 on a poor note when he missed much of spring training with a strained hamstring. He came back from that a bit earlier than expected, but has not hit at all over the team's first 13 games, posting a .167/.250/.214 batting line before going 0-3 on Monday.
Martin Maldonado, a defensive specialist, will slide into the starting spot for the Brewers in Lucroy's absence. Centeno had a couple cups of coffee with the Mets in 2013 and 2014, but otherwise has been a career minor leaguer. He's hit .192/.185/.269 in seven Triple-A games in 2015 and has a career .661 MiLB OPS.
Thus continues a nightmare season for the Brewers, who are now 2-11 and looking worse and worse. The team now has Carlos Gomez (16th in 2014 NL MVP voting) and Jonathan Lucroy (4th in 2014 NL MVP voting) on the disabled list, with Scooter Gennett a possibility to join them after being too enthusiastic while showering. Meanwhile, Ryan Braun is still an iffy proposition after off-season cryotherapy on his thumb and Aramis Ramirez might not actually be alive anymore.
Is it 2016 yet?