MILWAUKEE It had been the start of what felt like a dream season for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Two years of hard work behind the plate learning the major league game had paid off. With a contract extension in hand, Lucroy was on his way to proving that he was one of baseball's best young catchers, batting an impressive .345 with 30 RBI in 43 games.
But as fate took a nasty turn and a suitcase took a nasty fall in his hotel room May 27, breaking his throwing hand, Lucroy's breakout season was put on hold.
As taxing of a situation as it has been for Lucroy, who was ready to truly break onto the national scene, it was expected to be particularly damaging to the Brewers, who at 19-28 when Lucroy was hurt needed all the firepower they could get.
Since that injury, however, the Brewers are 25-19. They're still fourth in the NL Central, 7.5 games behind first-place Cincinnati. But considering where they could have been with one of their best hitters absent from th...