Jean Segura is set for a breakout season, but that season was nearly halted on Tuesday night. Segura was hit by a pitch from Colorado Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles and it looked to hit him clean in the face. Luckily that was not the case as the pitch hit him in the helmet before striking his nose.
After this happened, Segura was not only able to get up, but a surprisingly he was able to remain in the game. By staying in he was able to score a run and later add an opposite field single to cap off a one for two night.
Keeping him in the lineup will be essential for a successful season. Though he went through a nightmarish 2014, he has looked to be regaining his 2013, all-star form this spring. Not only did he bat .305 throughout spring training, but he was back to his former self by driving the ball to the opposite field with authority. Instead of just slapping the ball on the ground he was able to have five extra base hits and a .773 OPS in 23 spring games.
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While Segura struggled and batted just .246 last year I believe that if he stays healthy all year he will be a difference maker in this lineup. He showed off his speed in 2013, when he finished second in the National League in steals. If he can get on base with more regularity again, he will certainly look to get going again on the bases.
The Brewers and Segura caught a break last night when he was able to avoid major injury and remain in the game. Late last season when Mike Fiers beaned Giancarlo Stanton he suffered major injury and his season was over. By keeping Segura on the field the Brewers are able to keep a sparkplug on the lineup who is ready to again wreak havoc on his opponents all season long.