CHICAGO -- With the activation of Cesar Izturis and the progress of Travis Ishikawa, Jonathan Lucroy and Jose Veras, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is excited about his club getting healthy.
Roenicke said Lucroy, who is recovering from a right hand fracture, should be able to start catching bullpen sessions this weekend.
"I think anytime you have guys coming back -- Lucroy just got the pin taken out yesterday, he's raring to go, wants to start catching bullpen so that's a good sign -- I think things are picking up."
Roenicke said the plan for Ishikawa is still to return Saturday after playing nine innings Friday at Triple-A Nashville, and that Veras should be healthy enough to pitch this weekend.
"The starters have been really good lately," Roenicke said. "Hopefully, that'll continue, keep away from any more injuries, and we should be OK."
Izturis back in the lineup at shortstop
CHICAGO -- The Brewers activated shortstop Cesar Izturis from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and designated infielder Edwin Maysonet for assignment.
Izturis wasted no time getting into the starting lineup, playing shortstop in the series opener against the White Sox.
"It's nice to see Izzy back," said manager Ron Roenicke. "With the off-day yesterday, the timing worked out well."
The infielder's strained left hamstring had held him out of Major League games since May 25.
"It's frustrating a little bit because you want to play and you want to be with the team and it's hard, but it's part of the game," Izturis said. "I'm healthy and hopefully can stay with the team the rest of the season."
Izturis said his leg feels 100 percent after testing it out for Triple-A Nashville.
"When you play in rehab games, you know yourself," he said. "Back there, I played four games and I feel good. I have to give credit to the trainers."
With the addition of Izturis to the lineup, Roenicke elected to position Cody Ransom at second base to start the series against the White Sox. Ransom has played 18 games at shortstop and seven at third base, but Roenicke said Ransom is more comfortable at second.
"Defensively, I think he's outstanding," Roenicke said of Ransom. "I'm looking forward actually to seeing this. Izzy, he's comfortable everywhere, but Izzy's probably more comfortable at third and short than he is at second. That's the decision today on which spot to put those two."
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.