Updates from Thursday, May 1
The Brewers announced Jean Segura's return to the lineup via the team's Twitter account:
Updates from Wednesday, April 30
The Brewers welcome back Jean Segura:
Welcome back Jean Segura. He laces a double down the right field line. #MILvsSTL— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 30, 2014
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com previously reported that Segura was out today:
McCalvy had more on Segura's return:
RR said Segura should be back in lineup Thurs. in Cincy. Ramirez said he'll be back, too. Don't know on Braun.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 30, 2014
Updates from Sunday, April 27
The Brewers confirm Jean Segura will not play today:
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura suffered a freak injury on Saturday night, getting hit in the face by Ryan Braun in the team's dugout.
Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper reported that Braun was stretching and swinging his bat around when he connected with Segura:
Segura hit in face by Braun who was swinging bat in dugout. Hard to watch.— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) April 26, 2014
The Brewers announced good news after the game:
Ron Roenicke confirmed no concussion and no fractures for Jean Segura tonight. #Brewers— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 27, 2014
However, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Haudricourt noted that Segura will need plastic surgery:
No concussion or fracture for Segura. But plastic surgery.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 27, 2014
Rotoworld.com's Matthew Pouliot thought Segura was hit near the right eye:
Looked like it got Segura in the right eye area. I imagine he's off for X-rays, if not an MRI.— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) April 26, 2014
Haudricourt noted what the injury looked like:
#Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz just said on FS Wisconsin dugout interview that Segura had "pretty good gash over his eye."— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 27, 2014
You can see video of the injury below.
A breakout star in 2013, Segura has so far failed to build upon his All-Star success of last season. Coming into Saturday, Segura had a slash line of .239/.272/.330, down from .294/.329/.423 last year.
Despite his early-season struggles at the plate, losing Segura for an extended period of time would be a big blow to the Brewers. Jeff Bianchi replaced Segura on Saturday. A career .224 hitter, Bianchi isn't what you'd consider an optimal backup plan.
The Brewers have been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season, jumping out to a league-best 17-6 record and a five-game lead in the National League Central. Without Segura in the lineup, Milwaukee may watch as that hot start slowly evaporates.