Lucroy gets another shot at catching Parra
Kottaras was behind plate for left-hander's last three starts
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ken Macha shook up his catching rotation Saturday night, putting rookie Jonathan Lucroy behind the plate with lefty starter Manny Parra.
Over his past three outings, Parra had been paired with backup catcher George Kottaras. Lucroy struggled with stopping Parra's splitter, which resulted in several wild pitches.
"I had that because of balls getting back to the screen on the split," Macha said. "I just feel that we're going to try this fit because of results we can get with Manny, so we'll try somebody else back there."
In three starts this month with Kottaras behind the plate, Parra has a 1-2 record with a 10.89 ERA, allowing 19 earned runs over 16 innings on 28 hits, including five home runs.
Conversely, in five starts with Lucroy catching during the month of June, the Brewers left-hander went 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA, allowing 13 runs on 29 hits (four homers) over 29 innings.
Parra had 36 strikeouts against 13 walks in June, compared with 12 against seven this month.
So does Macha think having Lucroy behind the plate is going to result in a better outing for Parra?
"I don't know, we'll see," Macha said. "How did he do last time out? Sometimes catchers and pitchers get on the same page and it happens."
Hart happy to find out wrist isn't broken
MILWAUKEE -- A day after slamming his wrist into the wall in right field, Corey Hart said he felt a little sore. The good news, though, is that an MRI on Friday revealed no fracture.
Hart said the exam was a relief: "Especially the way it's going, I didn't want to miss too much. I might miss a few days. I'll take treatment until it stops hurting. I'm lucky I didn't break anything. It could have been a lot worse."
Hart injured his wrist Friday in the top of the third inning during the Brewers' 7-5 victory over the Nationals. As he attempted to catch a long foul ball off the bat of Cristian Guzman, Hart slid and hit his right hand against the concrete wall below the padding.
Hart injured his wrist in a similar region of the ballpark where Braves outfielder Matt Diaz slid into the concrete wall and suffered a knee injury two years ago, which cost him much of the season.
Now it's just a waiting game for Hart and the Brewers.
Hart was out of the lineup Saturday night, and Joe Inglett got the start in right field. Before the game, Hart sported a compression sleeve on his right wrist, which is intended to keep the swelling down.
Once he feels well enough to play again, Hart expects to return to the field. The Brewers have an off-day Thursday, which could give him an extra day of rest before returning.
But that's not exactly his plan.
"I'd like to be in before then," Hart said. "I'm probably not going to play these next two. Hopefully I'll get at least a couple games against the Reds."
Hawkins set for another rehab outing Monday
MILWAUKEE -- Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins will rejoin the Brewers soon, but not before Tuesday at the earliest.
Manager Ken Macha said before Saturday's game that Hawkins would pitch for Triple-A Nashville again Monday as he continues to rehab from right shoulder weakness.
"We're just going to evaluate his Monday outing," Macha said. "We'll go from there."
Hawkins pitched for the second straight night Friday, tossing 16 pitches over two innings while allowing just one hit as he earned the save.
Macha was hesitant to confirm that Hawkins would rejoin the club after his outing Monday, based on Hawkins' own evaluation of his rehab outings, which Macha received from Brewers trainer Roger Caplinger.
"One of his other outings he kind of indicated he wasn't really on top of his game quite yet," Macha said. "I just got that report from Roger. I didn't talk to [Nashville pitching coach] Rich Gale or anyone like that. Rick Peterson, our pitching coach, will talk to Rich Gale sometime."
The Brewers' comeback on Friday night, after being down 5-1 to win 7-5, marked their largest comeback victory of the season. They had previously come back from three-run deficits five times. ... Milwaukee had homered in 12 straight games entering Saturday's contest, going 8-4 during that stretch. It marks the longest streak for the Brewers since they homered for a franchise-record 20 straight games from July 1-24, 2008. ... Prince Fielder entered Saturday's game just one RBI shy of 500 for his career. He would become the 12th player in franchise history with at least 500 RBIs. ... Rickie Weeks is on pace for 102 RBIs this season, all coming from the leadoff spot. Weeks would be just the second leadoff hitter in MLB history to eclipse the 100 RBI mark, joining Darin Erstad, who did it in 2000 with the Angels.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.