The Phillies added five players to their active roster today, as of Sept. 1, as rosters expand to 40 in the final month of the regular season for the final time.
But even on a date when reinforcements came, the Phillies lost a key player for a few days. Shortstop Jean Segura is headed back home to the Dominican Republic following the death of his grandmother.
Their relationship was close. Segura posted a eulogy on Instagram.https://www.instagram.com/p/B14bVqvgKJz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Here is his message, translated to English:
Thank you for everything, for your legacy of work. You spent your whole life selling chicken to keep your children, thank you for that. Unconditional love that you always gave us, I will miss you so much. I hope you are in a better and beautiful place. #RIPmamacitaabuelaquerida
Segura was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Mets. Scott Kingery got the start at shortstop and Brad Miller was inserted to play third base. Kingery will likely get the starts while Segura tends to family matters back home.
Segura has started 120 of the Phillies' 135 games at shortstop. He's hit .287/.334/.435 compared to a .308/.353/.449 line the previous three seasons. Defensively, he has graded out better than average at the position.
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