Lucroy has been on the DL since April 20 after suffering a broken toe from a foul tip against the Reds. He originally tried to stay in the game, but after flying out and hobbling down the line in his next plate appearance he was pulled by then-manager Ron Roenicke.
In just 12 games prior to his injury, Lucroy had been off to a slow start while hitting for a .133/.216/.178 batting line. He should get back to form soon enough though. After all, he was fourth in NL MVP voting last year with a .301/.373/.465 line and league-leading 53 doubles. He has yet to collect his first double this year, with his only extra base hit a triple.
Though the Brewers' season won't end with them in the playoffs, it's still good to get Lucroy in the lineup. At the very least, having him healthy should help maintain his trade value in case the team decides to deal him at some point in the future. For now it seems they are adamant about not dealing him yet, but that could change a year down the road or if someone offers a package too good to turn down.
To make room for Lucroy on the roster, the Brewers have demoted Juan Centeno back to Triple-A. That, too, was expected as Centeno had only been on the roster to back up Martin Maldonado in Lucroy's absence. The Brewers have no use for a third catcher that's hit for a 226 OPS this year.
The Brewers could make more roster moves when Will Smith's suspension is confirmed. Smith is having an appeal hearing today after being caught with an illegal substance on his arm in the series against the Braves.