Jean Segura was having a nice rebound season after a poor 2014, but that resurgence was put on pause Thursday.
Segura was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a broken right pinkie finger. Segura injured the finger sliding headfirst -- a no-no that has seen other players suffer injuries as well in recent years -- into third base in the first inning of Tuesday's game.
He stayed in the game Tuesday and was in the lineup Wednesday before being scratched with what the team labeled "soreness." Either the severity of the injury was underestimated by the club or, more likely, Segura tried to hide the injury from the team in hopes of playing through it.
That won't be the case. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said nature of the fracture is such that Segura could require weeks of rest to avoid a worse fate.
"The fracture is in the joint so healing is essential so it doesn't displace and require surgery," said Ash.
It's a disappointing development for the shortstop, who was putting together a nice season prior to the injury. Segura had cooled in recent weeks after a strong start but still owns a useful .262/.306/.373 line with six steals, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored. He has been hitting at or near the top of the Brewers' lineup lately, a sign of the confidence former manager Ron Roenicke and current manager Craig Counsell have in the 25-year-old.
When one door closes another door opens, though, and that door opened for infield prospect Luis Sardinas. The 21-year-old, acquired from the Rangers in the Yovani Gallardo trade this offseason, was promoted to take Segura's roster spot. Sardinas was hitting .288/.324/.386 with six steals, 14 runs scored and 18 RBI at Triple-A Colorado Springs before his promotion.
The Brewers don't have much left to play for, even in mid-May, so Sardinas should get plenty of playing time at shortstop in Segura's absence. He's got some speed but likely won't do much in the way of counting stats, at least early on, making him no more than an NL-only target at this point.
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Myers Avoids Disaster
The Padres got good news on their leadoff hitter Thursday.
Wil Myers, who hasn't played since Sunday, is hopeful that he'll avoid a disabled list trip after he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his left wrist. Myers fractured his right wrist in late May of last season, an injury that limited him to 87 games last year.
The 24-year-old hurt his wrist sliding into third base -- again with the headfirst slides -- in Saturday's game, and it wasn't until after Sunday's contest that he was forced to miss time. Myers traveled back to San Diego Wednesday to undergo tests, including an MRI on the wrist.
Myers and the Padres were cautiously optimistic after learning he had a buildup of fluid around an enflamed tendon on his wrist.
“Hopefully we can avoid the DL and that’s all I wanted," Myers said. "I want to get on the field as soon as I can.”
The sooner the better for Myers, who is enjoying a strong year after a disappointing 2014 season. Myers is batting .291/.340/.493 with five homers, 19 RBI, 28 runs scored -- second-most in the National League -- and has added three steals to boot.
Myers received a cortisone shot in the wrist and he'll likely require a few more days off to rest, but for now it appears he caught a break.
In case anyone forgot, Miguel Cabrera reminded everyone Thursday that he's still one of the best hitters on the planet.
Breaking out of a miniature 4-for-27 slump, Cabrera finished 3-for-5 with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored as the Tigers crushed the Twins 13-1 on Thursday. Before the outburst, Cabrera's line had "dropped" to .317/.432/.517.
After the game, Cabrera regained his proper spot among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories. Cabrera is now hitting .328/.437/.568 with eight homers, 26 RBI and 20 runs scored. Cabrera is now seventh in the AL in homers, fifth in RBI, fifth in slugging percentage and third on OPS.
There was some concern about Cabrera at the season's outset after foot and ankle surgery in October, but he was in the lineup on Opening Day and hasn't missed a beat in the early action. With Thursday's performance as a catalyst, it wouldn't be surprising to see Cabrera go on a tear in the coming days.
National League Quick Hits: Marco Gonzales, a possible rotation replacement for Adam Wainwright, was knocked around in a start with Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. Gonzales may be an option at some point, but it appears he'll need a few more starts -- and some better showings -- before being promoted to the Cardinals ... Turf toe forced Brandon Phillips to miss another game Thursday. Phillips hasn't played since Tuesday due to the ailment, and he may require a few more days off until Reds trainers can find an orthotic insert to allow Phillips to play through the injury ... The Cards placed Jon Jay on the disabled list with left wrist tendinitis. Jay has been out of the lineup in recent days with the ailing wrist, making more playing time for Peter Bourjos in center field ... Aaron Harang shut down the Pirates on Thursday, hurling eight scoreless innings in a win. Harang struck out six and is now 4-3 with a 2.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP for a team 11 games under .500 ... Marlon Byrd capped a big night with a game-winning homer, taking reliever Sergio Romo deep in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win. Byrd finished 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBI altogether ... A few days off certainly appears to have helped Matt Carpenter. The third baseman blasted a game-winning two-run homer Thursday, his first since missing four games due to extreme fatigue.
American League Quick Hits: Jake McGee, who hasn't pitched an inning this year due to December arthroscopic elbow surgery, was activated from the disabled list Thursday. The southpaw threw six scoreless innings on his rehab assignment, and while Brad Boxberger will likely retain the closer role in the near term, McGee could return to the role in time ... Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw his first rehab appearance Thursday, giving up two home runs in an inning of work. The results are less important than his return to game action, and he should be back with the A's after a few more rehab appearances ... Chase Whitley left his start Thursday against the Rays with an elbow injury. Whitley left in the second inning, and he'll have an MRI on Friday to determine the severity. Chris Capuano will likely take Whitley's rotation spot, as the right-hander is almost certainly headed for a DL stint at the least ... Alex Cobb underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday. The right-hander will be out until the middle of next season after the procedure ... Anibal Sanchez limited the Twins to one run over eight innings in a win Thursday. The right-hander struck out nine as he continues to erase the memory of his early-season struggles ... The White Sox demoted starting second baseman Micah Johnson on Thursday. Carlos Sanchez, whom Johnson beat out for the job in spring, is expected to be recalled in Johnson's place.