Jonathan Lucroy says wife a target

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy told Milwaukee radio station WSSP-AM 1250 on Wednesday that his wife has received hateful messages on Facebook since he broke his hand in a hotel room accident Sunday night.

Lucroy said he was hurt while reaching under the bed for a sock while his wife, Sarah, shifted a suitcase that fell and struck his right hand, fracturing the fifth metacarpal.

In the WSSP interview, the catcher said he was upset at both the injury and the treatment of his wife on Facebook since it happened.

"It's tough for me, because this is already a freak thing as it is," Lucroy told the radio station. "My wife has been getting hate mail on her Facebook, like, messages and stuff. It's really sad that these kinds of things happen from a freak thing. I mean, she didn't do it on purpose. It was an accident. Stranger things have happened.

"It's been a battle for me, personally, because there's no one to blame, and my wife is getting killed by this. 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."

Lucroy was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.

The Brewers initially thought the injury would heal on its own, but Lucroy told WSSP on Wednesday he will have surgery on it Thursday. Lucroy said doctors will insert a pin into his hand that will hold two segments of bone together.

"The more correctly aligned they are, the better my grip strength will be whenever they heal up," Lucroy told the station.

The timetable for Lucroy's return remains six weeks. He had a major league-leading .514 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.