The Milwaukee Brewers have a tough decision to make regarding shortstop Jean Segura. The 24-year-old is out of Wednesday’s lineup against the Atlanta Braves. At this point, one has to wonder how serious his sore should really is, and if it would be the right move to place him on the 15-day disabled list.
Segura has begun the 2014 Major League Baseball season a bit rusty out of the gate. He’s 0-for-7 at the plate in two games against the Braves. He could be constantly seen driving the ball into the dirt, which is a sign that his shoulder is not allowing him to play at his normal level. Obviously, his minor slump and the injury are the two main reasons why manager Ron Roenicke has elected to start utility infielder Jeff Bianchi in his place in the series finale against the Braves.
Bianchi is a talented player who excels on defense. He definitely needs some work on offense, but his numbers in spring training suggest he could hold the fort down for two weeks while Segura gets some much-needed rest. The last thing the Brewers need is their starting shortstop battling an injury all year simply because the organization failed to make the right move in the first couple weeks of the season.
I’m not saying Milwaukee is definitely going to place Segura on the 15-day disabled list, nor is it something I want to watch the team do. However, the overall well-being of the season is at stake. It’s imperative that Segura get as healthy as possible within the first month so that he can tackle any challenge during the long haul of the season.
If there’s any hesitation at all, similar to what the organization battled prior to Opening Day, then the Brewers need to make the right decision in the next few days.