Roenicke: Segura ready to rejoin Brewers
After enduring personal tragedy, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is ready to get back to work, according to his manager.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told the team’s flagship radio station that Segura returned to Milwaukee on Wednesday night and would be active in Washington D.C. this weekend. Post All-Star break play begins Friday, one week after Segura’s 9-month-old son passed away in the Dominican Republic.
Segura learned that terrible news in the immediate aftermath of a loss to the Cardinals and traveled home to the Dominican the following morning. According to teammate Aramis Ramirez, who has been a mentor since Segura’s August 2012 debut with the Brewers, a funeral service was held Monday.
“He’s back in town. He got back last night and I talked to him, and he’s ready to go,” Roenicke told 620-AM WTMJ’s Greg Matzek on Thursday. “He needs to do this, he feels, to keep his mind off of some things. So he’ll be back with us. I don’t know that he’ll be playing every day at the beginning. It’s kind of up to him and how he feels. But he wants to do this, so he’ll meet us there tomorrow.”
Segura is currently on the bereavement list. When the Brewers activate him, utility man Elian Herrera will have to return to Triple-A Nashville.
Segura will be surrounded by support in the Brewers’ clubhouse.
“We’re just trying to support him as best we can,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said at the All-Star Game. “It’s a really bad, tough situation that I would never wish on anybody. Brutal, man. There’s nothing, really, you can do about it, just when he comes back take him in and support him as best we can. There’s nothing you can do or say that will fix it. Nothing.”
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