The Seattle Mariners merely replaced shortstop Jean Segura as a precautionary measure, after he suffered a very mild right hamstring strain.
(Update – Since this article was published, Segura has been sent to the 10-day disabled listed. Mike Freeman has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.)
As such, Mariners’ fans were understandably worried when the shortstop was forced to leave the action following the third inning. He had apparently injured himself when diving back to first base, in a failed attempt to avoid a tag.
However, it turns out that any concern was unnecessary, after Segura’s right hamstring injury was categorized as very mild. The reality is the Mariners were just playing it safe, after he said he felt his hamstring tighten earlier in the game and couldn’t get it loose.
"“It’s day to day,’’ Servais said. “We don’t know yet. Tweaked his hammy a little bit. We’ll have a better idea (Tuesday) when he comes in, but it’s very mild. Fingers crossed that he’s going to be OK (Tuesday) or the next day.’’"
When Segura exited the game, he was replaced by Taylor Motter. If the 2013 All-Star is unable to go on Tuesday, Motter will get the start at shortstop.
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Any absence by the Dominican Republic native may result in Servais having to make a move prior to Tuesday’s game versus the Astros. As things stand, the Mariners only have 12 position players on the roster.
However, this is a minor inconvenience, given how much worse the injury to Segura could have been. He is expected to be a significant part of the Mariners’ postseason challenge, after batting .319, hitting 102 RBIs and stealing 33 bases last year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Robinson Cano also briefly caused a panic during Monday’s home opener, after a foul pitch to his foot resulted in him limping around. However, the second baseman was able to shake it off and remain in the game.
What kind of impact do you expect Monday’s win to have on the Mariners? Will it galvanize the team and get them back on track, or do you predict their early season struggles will continue? Share your thoughts in the comments section.