Lucas set to have surgery on Wednesday
MIAMI — Marlins infielder Ed Lucas will undergo surgery to his left hand on Wednesday, and the procedure could push his recovery time back about a week.
A pin will be inserted in Lucas’ third metacarpal to make sure the bone heals correctly. The surgery, Lucas estimates, will bump back his recovery time about a week. So instead of missing four to six weeks as initially projected, the 31-year-old could be out five to seven weeks.
Lucas suffered a non-displaced fracture to the back of his left hand last Thursday, the day he was informed he had made the club.
The injury occurred in the eighth inning of a Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
Donovan Solano was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, replacing Lucas as the primary utility player.
– Joe Frisaro