In his third season with the team, Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is batting only .239/.272/.330/.601 with one home run and five RBIs in 21 games, but manager Ron Roenicke penciled him into the 2-hole for Saturday night's game -- up from the eighth spot the previous night, in which he finished 0-for-3 with a walk in Milwaukee’s 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. This was a move that Segura was probably very excited about. It was his chance to bat second for the league-leading Brewers in their game against division rival Chicago, but little did Segura know, he wouldn’t even make it to the on-deck circle.
After starter Marco Estrada set the Cubs down in order in the top of the first inning and before Segura could even walk up the dugout steps for his first at-bat of the game, teammate and lightning rod for controversy Ryan Braun was warming up for his at-bat by standing at the top of those same steps. Braun’s warm-up routine involves swinging his bat wildly around his head and behind his body, and this is apparently something that Braun does all the time. But what he didn’t realize was that poor Segura hadn’t even made it out of the dugout yet.
While Braun was waving the bat behind his body, he whacked an unsuspecting Segura in the face. Segura immediately fell like a ton of bricks to the dugout floor and had to be picked up and assisted into the Brewers’ clubhouse. Roenicke had to quickly substitute Jeff Bianchi into the lineup for the wounded Segura, but it worked out well for the Brewers because Bianchi went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Segura emerged from the bat smash with a laceration on his face big enough to require a plastic surgeon’s help in repairing it, but he also did not exhibit any concussion symptoms nor were there any broken bones around his eye. While his face might be a bit swollen for the next couple of days, it also doesn’t look like Segura will have to be put on the disabled list because of the freak injury.
The Brewers and Segura are extremely fortunate that the injury didn’t turn out to be a lot worse.
As for Braun, he also ended up exiting Saturday night's game after the eighth inning with what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports is a right intercostal strain. The team claims Braun aggravated it during batting practice before the game and that the pain became worse after his last throw in from right field before his seventh-inning bunt single.
Braun told reporters, "I do my warm-ups every game, so I’m actually surprised something doesn’t happen like that more often."
Now that this incident occurred, maybe Braun will move his warm-ups to a new spot.