Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 7/26/12
MILWAUKEE -- After nearly two months on the shelf, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is returning to the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup Thursday. Lucroy was one of Milwaukee's best hitters before a bizarre injury involving a falling suitcase resulted in a broken hand at the end of May, but Lucroy's return comes a bit too late to keep the Brewers in serious contention for a playoff spot. Before the injury, Lucroy was batting a team-best .345 with five home runs and 30 RBI. He also led all of baseball in batting average with runners in scoring position. Lucroy announced his return Thursday morning via Twitter: "I'm in the airport waiting for my ride back to Brewers cant wait for tonight!" The 26-year-old catcher spent six days on rehab assignment, including four games at Single-A Wisconsin and two games at Triple-A Nashville. With the Single-A Timber Rattlers, Lucroy hit 4-for-12 with two RBI and one stolen base, while spending three games as the team's designated hitter and one as catcher. In Nashville, Lucroy was 3-for-7 in two games with three runs scored and one RBI. Lucroy's return from the 15-day disabled list Thursday morning triggered a number of adjustments to Milwaukee's roster. Backup catcher George Kottaras whose name had been mentioned in trade rumors was designated for assignment, leaving Lucroy and breakout catcher Martin Maldonado as the two backstops on Milwaukee's roster. Kottaras was struggling in the past few months, as his batting average had dropped to .209 with just three home runs 12 RBI this season. The Brewers have not yet disclosed who will be the new catcher for pitcher Randy Wolf; Kottaras has been his personal catcher all season. The Brewers also sent down infielder Jeff Bianchi, who had gotten a few spot starts at shortstop but was unable to register a hit in 11 at-bats. He will be replaced by 29-year-old Nashville reliever Jim Henderson, who was dominant at the Triple-A level. Henderson, who has never been called up to the major leagues since being drafted in 2003, had a 1.69 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 48 innings in Nashville. Follow Ryan Kartje on Twitter.
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