Segura heads home after death of 9-month-old son
JUL 12, 2014 2:46p ET
MILWAUKEE -- Tragedy struck the Milwaukee Brewers family, as shortstop Jean Segura learned of the death of his 9-month-old son, Janniel, late Friday night.
Segura left the team to return home to the Dominican Republic. The Brewers placed Segura on the bereavement list and recalled Elian Herrera from Triple-A Nashville to fill his roster spot.
Following Friday night's 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, word of the tragedy spread into the Brewers clubhouse. Segura's mother, Ana Maribel, was in town along with his uncle and were the ones who first received word of his son's passing.
"Seggy's mom and uncle are here," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said in a meeting with the media Saturday morning. "We got word at the end of the game through his mom to one of the wives, and then the wife to her husband, and then to Seggy.
"So, obviously it's tough on him. He didn't learn about it until after the game was over and one of the players came over and told him."
Few details were available surrounding the passing of Segura's son, but the 24-year-old took the field for Friday night's game believing things were fine.
"He was sick," Roenicke said of Segura's son. "(Segura) was on the phone yesterday before the game, and they thought he was OK and getting better. I don't really know much more than that.
"I don't know if it's been (going on) a while. Saying that, it may have been a couple days. I don't really know."
An emotional Roenicke informed the media a player had suffered a death in the family roughly 20 minutes following Friday night's game. He did not take any questions and closed the clubhouse out of respect for the player.
The Brewers designated center fielder Carlos Gomez as the team spokesman on the tragedy. He said he had just stepped out of the shower when he saw Segura crying in the clubhouse.
"Everyone just wanted to get around him and have him feel the support so he was not by himself, you know, take care of him a little bit to feel better," Gomez said.
The loss suffered by Segura put Milwaukee's current on-field struggles into perspective, as the players and staff carried themselves with heavy hearts. Despite a teammate's personal tragedy weighing on their minds, the Brewers still had to go out and play a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.
"Today everyone felt like they wanted to stay home, but it's our job," Gomez said. "We have to come here for him and play hard to get a 'W' today."
There's currently no timetable for Segura's return to the Brewers, as Roenicke was unsure what the immediate future holds for the 24-year-old.
"He'll just have to make a decision where he's at and what he feels like," Roenicke said. "It's different with everybody. Some guys might feel like, 'Hey, I need to get back and I need to play,' and some other guys just can't do it.
"That's why when I tell you I don't know what's going to happen with him, I worry about him."
Like Roenicke, Gomez doesn't know what to expect from his teammate upon his return.
"I can't imagine," Gomez said. "If it were my kids, I'm going to stay home. I'm not coming back. I don't know how he is going to react coming back. If he's coming back, we're going to take care of him to relax and enjoy life again.
"When he comes back, I want to be his brother because I can't imagine what is going to be on your mind when you lose a child. It can be really tough."
While the Brewers are in the midst of losing 10 of their last 11 games, baseball has been put into perspective for at least a couple of days.
"This is the more important thing," Gomez said. "We have to move on. We have to pray for him and tell God to help his family and him to be strong and move on."
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