Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was scratched from Saturday night’s lineup after splitting the nail on his right index finger during batting practice.
Fielding groundballs during batting practice, Segura got his hand in the glove too quickly, causing the ball to bend the nail back. He was able to pinch hit in the seventh inning of Milwaukee’s 6-4 victory over the Dodgers, but the split nail makes it difficult to throw the baseball.
“We’ll see how it is tomorrow, whether he can throw tomorrow (afternoon),” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “It split it open pretty good and we weren’t able to put him in on defense today. He said he could hit. That finger really doesn’t come into play that much swinging the bat.
“The way he throws, he grips that ball really hard. He’ll have to come out tomorrow, grab a ball and play catch and see how he is.”
One of Milwaukee’s hottest hitters, the 23-year-old Segura is hitting .354 with one home run and six RBI while leading the National League in stolen bases with seven.
With Segura out of the lineup, Alex Gonzalez played shortstop against the Dodgers after he was originally slated to play first base. Blake Lalli started at first base, with center fielder Carlos Gomez jumping up to Segura’s No. 2 spot in the batting order, catcher Martin Maldonado bumping up to sixth in the lineup, with Lalli hitting seventh.
Third baseman Yuniesky Betancourt made his first career start in the cleanup spot Saturday, as Jonathan Lucroy got the night off.
The Dodgers also scratched a key member of their original lineup, as first baseman Adrian Gonzalez didn’t start because of a skin infection. Gonzalez got treatment at a local hospital before entering the game in the seventh inning as part of a double switch.