Segura’s shoulder problem lingering
Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was still taking at-bats in Minor League camp on Wednesday, unable to play the field because of soreness behind his throwing shoulder and unable to say for sure whether the problem would be solved in time for Monday’s season opener.
He underwent an MRI scan on Tuesday that came back negative, but the Brewers may decide to hold Segura out of the team’s remaining Spring Training games to preserve the option of a backdated stint on the 15-day disabled list.
“I’m not going to say it’s not [a possibility],” manager Ron Roenicke said.
Segura and Roenicke each stressed that team doctors have examined the shoulder thoroughly and do not consider the matter serious. The problem is not the rotator cuff or labrum, but a strained muscle, Roenicke said.
Segura will get more at-bats in a Triple-A game on Thursday and will travel with the team to Milwaukee.
A National League All-Star last season who is expected to bat second for the Brewers this season, Segura has not played in a big league game since March 18.
“It feels much better, but I don’t know,” Segura said. “Hopefully, it’s going to be ready for Opening Day. Maybe. I don’t know.”
If Segura feels well enough by the weekend, the Brewers would like to get him into one or both of the team’s exhibition games against the Royals at Miller Park. If the soreness persists, the team, by rule, could place him on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21.
Because Segura’s status is in question, the Brewers opted to bring Elian Herrera along to Milwaukee for the weekend games. He was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, but that move could be reversed if Segura is placed on the DL.
While Segura worked to get back on the field, the clock was ticking on his agent and Brewers officials to work out a contract extension. For more on that issue, see my full story on Brewers.com this afternoon.
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