Brewers shorthanded against Cubs with Segura, Braun out of lineup and Maldonado suspended
MILWAUKEE — As expected, the Milwaukee Brewers will play Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs without shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Ryan Braun.
Despite not knowing exactly how long either one will be out, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says there still aren’t any plans to put Braun or Segura on the disabled list.
"I think we need to see what is happening here first," Roenicke said. "We don’t expect anything to be real long, but you never know."
Segura was inadvertently struck in the face with a bat by Braun prior to the bottom of the first inning of Milwaukee’s 5-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday. He was found to have not suffered a concussion and had no fractures, but needed stitches for a cut under his right eye.
The right side of Segura’s face was more swollen Sunday morning than it was when he left the park late Saturday night.
"He didn’t look very good when he came back last night," Roenicke said.
Braun left Saturday’s game prior to the top of the ninth inning with a right intercostal strain. He first felt the injury to the muscle that runs between the ribs earlier in the week but had it worsen Saturday.
He was forced to bunt for a base hit in the seventh inning because he couldn’t swing a bat and knew he had to come out of the game when making a throw from the right field wall to second base in the eighth inning that held Cubs third baseman Mike Olt to a single.
"It’s uncomfortable," Braun said. "I’ve dealt with it before, but it is uncomfortable. Sleeping is not very good.
"I’ll just get treatment twice today and probably get treatment twice every day and see what happens — hope that it gets better."
When asked if a trip to the disabled list is a possibility, Braun said he’s not thinking about that option just yet. The right fielder is hitting .318 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 22 games this season.
"It’s day-to-day," Braun said. "I remain optimistic. I’ll get my treatment and won’t look too far ahead."
With Segura and Braun out and Martin Maldonado still suspended, the Brewers are playing extremely shorthanded Sunday. Elian Herrera, who is also Milwaukee’s emergency backup catcher, is starting in right field for Braun, while utility man Jeff Bianchi is in the lineup at shortstop.
That leaves Mark Reynolds and Rickie Weeks as the only two players on the bench, with Weeks only able to play second base. Roenicke said Reynolds gives him coverage at multiple positions, while pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse could pinch hit or play the outfield in a pinch.
"I wouldn’t worry about putting him anywhere," Roenicke said of Reynolds. "I wouldn’t want him to catch. That’s the only position I wouldn’t want him to do."
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