Injured Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy admitted it was tougher to come to terms with being sidelined six weeks with a broken right hand because the injury happened off the field.

"I wish I could have gone down fighting; I wish I could have gone down on the field, at least, playing hard," said Lucroy, who will have surgery on the hand Thursday morning in Milwaukee to insert a pin in the fractured bone.

"It didn't work out that way. That's part of life, I guess. Things just happen, freak things. It's tough in a way, but all I can do is stay strong and try to heal up and get healthy so I can get back to the team."

Lucroy suffered the injury Sunday night when a suitcase being moved by his wife fell off their hotel bed and landed on his hand as he reached for a sock. The fifth metacarpal was fractured, putting a halt to a brilliant season in which he was batting .345 with five homers and 30 RBI in 43 games.

"It's tough," said Lucroy, who spoke with beat writers via conference call from Milwaukee. "I was having a pretty decent year. We weren't having the year as a team that we all wanted, but personally I was feeling pretty good.

"I wish this kind of thing hadn't happened because I feel like I could have helped the team win even more. Obviously, there's nothing we can do about it now. All I'll try to do is move on and try to heal up and try to help my team win any way I can in my limited capacity."

Lucroy said team physician William Raasch decided it best to insert a pin into the fractured bone to assure it heals properly.

Lucroy's roster replacement, Martin Maldonado, went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring bunt Wednesday in the Brewers' 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.