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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Scooter Gennett, Jean Segura

By on 8/03/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers entered today's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals coming off a 9-7 loss on Saturday. Even with the loss, the Brewers are a game and a half ahead of the Pirates and two games ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Central. On the injury front, the middle infield combination of Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett were out of Sunday's lineup with nagging injuries.

I reported yesterday that Gennett was scratched from Friday's game after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch during batting practice. The injury occurred when Gennett was working on bunting and the pitch hit the tip of his left index finger. X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day.

An update on Gennett, as reported by Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel, he continues to experience tightness in his quadriceps.  Gennett supposedly had recovered from the injury after missing several games in July, until he aggravated the injury on Saturday.

With the Brewers in the middle of a pennant race, the Brewers cannot afford to rest Gennett for an extended period of time, which manager Ron Roenicke knows is the only thing to help the issue completely heal.

"It's to the point that I don't like (Gennett) out there knowing that he can't go full-out every time," said Roenicke. "He can control it a little bit running the bases. But I told him, 'You've got a ground ball you've got to go over in the hole for; you've got a popup behind you that is a big play. So what are you going to do? You've got to go.'  That worries me. I don't want him going down for two weeks or whatever could happen. That's why he's off today. He was getting better. He felt it again trying to beat out that double play. What it tells you is that it wasn't completely healed."
Gennett, in his second Major League season, is batting .302 with eight home runs and 35 RBI this season.  In 69 games as a rookie, Gennett hit .302 with six home runs and 21 RBI.

As for Segura, he's also out with quadriceps tightness which has bothered him for a long time. Roenicke said that Segura is no worse than he was when he missed a bit of time with the injury, but he cannot go full-out all the time. Roenicke is hoping that a few days off for both Segura and Gennett will be beneficial.

It's a touch and go situation, because the Brewers cannot afford to lose either player for an extended period of time, yet need them in the starting lineup as much as possible coming down the stretch.

Segura, in his third Major League season, is batting .234 with four home runs and 26 RBI. Last year, Segura had a .294 average with 12 home runs, 49 RBI and 44 stolen bases. He is a career .269 hitter with 16 home runs and 89 RBI.

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