Segura: ‘I feel I need to go back to work’

Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was back where he was supposed to be Friday, where he felt he needed to be. Surrounded by teammates during early batting practice at Nationals Park, he stood in the sunshine with a bat in his hand, a neon yellow “Seggy” t-shirt on his back and a smile on his face.

“It’s awesome,” Segura said. “You come here to the locker room, they hug you. I feel like they are my family, too. I feel pretty good. They make me feel strong, like, ‘Wow, those guys care about me, too.’”

Those teammates had been hurting for Segura since the 24-year-old received terrible news exactly one week earlier, that his 9-month-old son, Janniel, had passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic.

Segura left the team the following morning and was placed on the bereavement list. On Friday, when the Brewers resumed play after the All-Star break, he was not only back on the active roster, but in the starting lineup and batting eighth against the Washington Nationals.

“I’m doing pretty good right now,” Segura said. “I’m just happy to be back to the team, enjoy the team, go back to work.”

It was important to him to work.

“Absolutely,” Segura said “These guys are here to support me. This team here, we’re like a family, and for me, I feel I need to go back to work.”

What helped him get through the past week?

“God,” Segura said. “God helped me to get through this. My family, my friends, my teammates, the organization. This is something I can’t control. I just pray to God to get me through the right way. Whatever he gives to us is the best way in life.

“It’s important to me and to members of my family [to play]. It was a tough moment for me and my family, but being here is awesome, [being] in the same locker room with my friends and teammates, to see the support they all give to me, even other teams. The Cardinals [who posted a message of support on social media], when I read that and heard about that, that they care about me, I feel good. I feel strong to be here, to work, and do the best I can to help the team.”

He received personal calls from fellow Dominicans Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and Wily Peralta.

“They’ve been helping me since the first time I stepped into the Brewers’ [organization],” said Segura, who was acquired in a July 2012 trade with the Angels and debuted with Milwaukee that August. “I don’t imagine how important they’ve been to me in my career so far. [Some of them] are dads. They have sons, too. They know how to take care of guys. For me, they’ve been the best teammates I’ve had so far because they always support me in everything. They talk to me. They’re like family.”

Segura said he plans to stick it out the rest of the season, but will “take it day by day. I feel strong. They’re going to support me, [give me] what I need. I’m here to work. That’s what we’re here for. If I say, ‘I’m ready to go,’ I’m ready.”

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