CHICAGO -- Jonathan Lucroy caught a bullpen session Saturday and said every step he takes toward the baseball field is a positive, since he's been out with a fractured right hand since May 27.
"Just to be able to go out and get on the field at least and contribute somewhat is actually really nice," Lucroy said. "I haven't really been able to contribute to the team at all. Catching bullpens, that helps the team out and it definitely helps me out too. I'm happy to get out there."
Lucroy, who had his cast removed June 20 and is now wearing a brace, said he still can't hit, throw or grip well. He said doctors told him it would take a few weeks for the bone to completely heal after his cast was removed.
"The plan is let the bone completely heal in my hand," Lucroy said. "Whenever that happens, we can start throwing or hitting. We don't want to re-injure it or get it broken again, because I could be out twice as long. We want to make sure it heals correctly so I can perform."
Lucroy was hitting a scorching .345 with five home runs and 30 RBIs through 43 games before the injury.
George Kottaras and Martin Maldonado have been catching in Lucroy's stead, and both delivered hits Saturday. Kottaras is hitting .243 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 43 games, while Maldonado is hitting .254 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 23 games.
Ransom proving versatility in series vs. Chicago
CHICAGO -- Utility infielder Cody Ransom has started at second base, shortstop and third base in the three games against the White Sox this weekend.
Manager Ron Roenicke said he knew about Ransom's versatility before the Brewers claimed him off waivers from Arizona on May 23, even though he hadn't actually seen much of the infielder.
"He's had some outstanding years in Triple-A offensively," Roenicke said. "I knew he used to be a good shortstop, because when I was with the Giants for a year, I remember his name, he was in A-ball, and I remember hearing about this guy."
Roenicke said he's been thrilled with the defensive ability of Ransom since the acquisition. Ransom has played in one game at second base, three games at third base and 17 games at shortstop for the Brewers, committing just one error in that span.
The journeyman infielder has played on six different teams in his 10-year career.
"At second base and at third base especially, he has played outstanding for us," Roenicke said. "At third base, he's played Gold Glove caliber for us. Second base, we haven't seen him that much but he's played well, and at shortstop he's done a good job for us.
"It's a nice plus to see defensively what he's doing. It makes you wonder why he's been up and down and all over the place, because from what we see, he's a really good utility man."
Schroeder recalls Crew-Sox rivalry of old
CHICAGO -- Brewers TV analyst Bill "Rock" Schroeder still remembers the heated rivalry between the Brewers and the White Sox of the past, when Milwaukee was still an American League team coached by Phil Garner.
From fights in the stands, to scuffles between Garner and White Sox manager Terry Bevington and White Sox first-base coach Doug Mansolino, the rivalry was heated, to say the least.
"The ultimate was when Doug Mansolino and Phil Garner got into it and there was a scuffle around third base," Schroeder said. "Phil Garner comes racing out and they start getting into a pushing match. I've never seen that before with a manger and a coach. Ultimately, Mansolino was on his coaching staff later on. Garner liked that kind of fire."
A brawl between players and managers in 1995 forced four-game suspensions for Garner and Bevington.
"Terry would always do things to irritate people," Schroeder said. "I think that was a true rivalry back in those days. The teams didn't like each other too much, because both teams were pretty good."
Garner even publicly called out White Sox broadcasters Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Tom Paciorek to a fight, after the broadcasters suggested Garner was ordering pitchers to throw at White Sox hitters.
Schroeder said times are friendlier in today's game, and he couldn't see players or coaches reacting the way the Brewers and White Sox used to.
"I think there was more animosity that could build up over time when you're playing guys in your division that are close and you played people so many times," he said. "I think there's not so much of that anymore."
Ryan Braun is in the midst of a 17-game hitting streak and a 27-game Interleague hitting streak, which ranks third in Interleague history.
Aramis Ramirez is on a seven-game hitting streak. Ramirez served as the designated hitter Sunday, after playing third base Friday and Saturday.
"Aramis has been playing not 100 percent with his leg, that low thigh," Roenicke said. "Even though he's been doing really well, if we can get him one day off, that's important."
Roenicke used a different DH in every game against the White Sox. He said he wished he could have also given Corey Hart a rest, but Hart's play at first base has been too valuable.
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.