02/25/11 4:08 PM EST
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Lucroy practicing patience post-surgery
PHOENIX -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy returned to Brewers camp on Friday with his fractured right pinkie finger heavily wrapped and his patience ready to be tested.Lucroy underwent surgery Thursday to insert a pin into his fractured finger. He's expected to need four weeks to fully recover, and until a follow-up doctor's appointment next week, he will only observe the Brewers' workouts. "They don't want this to get infected," he said, holding up a finger that was splinted and wrapped. "So, no catching, not for a while.
2010 Spring Training - Milwaukee Brewers
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Bigger role for Robin in Brewers camp
PHOENIX -- The Brewers will see a lot of their franchise player this spring.Hall of Famer Robin Yount lives in the Phoenix area and always drops by camp for a day or two of Spring Training, but this year he's expected to be a regular part of the staff right up to the start of the season. General manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke extended the invitation after Roenicke chatted with Yount at an offseason event in Los Angeles. "It's huge," Roenicke said. "It isn't necessarily that he's a Hall of Famer, it's the quality of the person. Today's players, they're not in awe of guys that are in the Hall of Fame. It's certainly important for them for the credibility, obviously, but they're looking at the guy. Is this a guy that's helping them?" Yount, Roenicke says, is a guy who can help them. Yount played shortstop and center field, so he knows defense. He topped 3,000 hits, so he knows offense. And he was a bench coach in Arizona and Milwaukee, so he knows teaching. "He wants to help these guys out, and he's got all of these other credentials," Roenicke said. "So it's huge having him here in this camp." Other former Brewers like Gorman Thomas and Jim Gantner are also expected to make their annual visits, Roenicke said.
Manager Ron Roenicke said that he'd like to pair a right-handed hitting, middle-infield type with utility infielder Craig Counsell on the Opening Day roster, an indication that Luis Cruz has a very good chance to break camp with the big league club. Cruz, 27, played shortstop last season at Triple-A Nashville and had a career year. He is currently out of Minor League options. Not counting the backup catcher, Cruz could be the only right-handed hitter on a bench projected to include Counsell, outfielder/first baseman Mark Kotsay and outfielder Chris Dickerson. ... If Mother Nature permits, the Brewers will play a very short intrasquad game at Maryvale Baseball Park on Sunday at about 11:30 a.m. local time. Roenicke does not expect to play more than two or three innings. ... Tickets for individual Brewers games go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. CT at Brewers.com Only a very limited number of tickets to the home opener are available, and will be sold only at the box office.