Lucroy defends wife after Internet harassment
Brewers catcher to have surgery on fractured right hand
LOS ANGELES -- Injured Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said he would be as much a part of the team as possible in the coming weeks, even after undergoing surgery Thursday morning to repair a broken bone in his right hand."This is tough, guys," he said via telephone from Milwaukee. "I was having a pretty decent year. We weren't having the year as a team, so far, that we wanted, but personally I was feeling pretty good and I wish that this kind of thing wouldn't have happened because I feel like I really could have helped the team win even more. "There's obviously nothing we can do it now. All I'm trying to do now is move on and try to heal up and try to help my team win any way I can in my limited capacity." He could participate in scouting meetings, and plans to catch bullpens after the doctors clear him to resume activity. The Brewers say Lucroy will be sidelined about six weeks. "It's hard to accept, but you know what? It's part of life," Lucroy said. "Accidents happen. You just have to accept it and move on, I guess." He declined to elaborate about that accident. Lucroy previously explained that he was reaching under the hotel-room bed for a lost sock when his wife, Sarah, moved a suitcase. It fell on his hand, Lucroy said, causing what is termed a "boxer's fracture." He told SportsRadio 1250 earlier Wednesday that Sarah had been harassed by some Brewers fans via Facebook. "It's been a battle for me, personally, because there's no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this," he told the radio station. "It's not like she's not hurt enough already, not feeling guilty enough already. I really wish people would just leave her alone, leave us alone, just let us try to move forward, and get this behind us, because this has been a brutal couple of days." Thursday's surgery is scheduled for 7 a.m. CT. Surgeons will insert a pin into Lucroy's fifth metacarpal to ensure the bone heals straight. "Dr. [William] Raasch stated the straighter this bone heals, the better, because it's a big bone in grip strength," Lucroy said. "Obviously, grip strength is important in swinging the bat. If it's going to be done, it's got to be done right. ... As long as I have my grip strength back, I think it will be fine. I don't think it's going to be a long-term issue at all."
Attanasio says Brewers can still contend
LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers were seven games under .500 and 6 1/2 games out of first place entering the 50th game of the season on Wednesday, and they lost another starter this week to the disabled list. Still, principal owner Mark Attanasio is not backing down."We still think we can win," Attanasio said. "We have great pitching. We have Ryan [Braun], Corey [Hart], Aramis [Ramirez], and I'm going to add Rickie [Weeks], who can by themselves carry a team. Any of those guys by themselves can carry a team, and has carried a team. "You never want to see anybody get hurt, but we're going to see now some of our younger players who we wouldn't otherwise get an opportunity to see." Is he entering June with a buyer's mindset? "We always have a buyer's mindset," Attanasio said. "In seven years, we've always had a buyer's mindset." Many national pundits have their eyes on the Brewers to see what type of team they will be as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. Starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum are free agents after the season, as is reliever Francisco Rodriguez. Another starter, Randy Wolf, will be a free agent if the club declines his $10 million option. But the Brewers have not sold off free-agents-to-be for years, rather adding talent ahead of the Deadline, as they did with Rodriguez and Jerry Hairtson Jr. last season, or standing pat as they did in 2010. Attanasio said he has kept an even keel during the Brewers' disappointing start, with one exception. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy's hand injury, which will cost him about six weeks, hit the owner particularly hard. "The only time I got down all year was when I heard about Jonathan," Attanasio said. "I was excited for him. I thought he was going to go to the All-Star Game."
Fiers enjoying newfound fame
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers woke up Wednesday with a few more friends than the night before.Fiers pitched seven sparkling innings in his first Major League start and, with help from the bullpen and a Ryan Braun homer, led the Brewers to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. It was pretty clear that things had changed for the 26-year-old. "There were a lot of friend requests on Facebook and a lot of unknown cell numbers on my phone," he said with a smile. He didn't mind. Fiers is a terrific success story, a finesse pitcher from a Florida high school not known for baseball who attended three different colleges, overcame injuries from a major car accident in 2008 that cost him an entire season and never got any attention until his senior year. Fiers credited former Angels Minor League pitcher Felipe Suarez, his junior college pitching coach, for putting him on the right path. And Brewers area scout Charlie Sullivan, the first scout to ever show interest. The Brewers wound up taking Fiers in the 22nd round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. "Things happen for a reason," Fiers said.