The Phillies keep suffering setback after setback. The team announced on Wednesday that second baseman Jean Segura will miss the next 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his fractured right index finger. Segura suffered the break on Tuesday night when he squared around to bunt on a Tyler Rogers pitch. The ball ran in and hit his right hand, causing him to leave the game.
The Phillies placed Segura on the 10-day IL, and recalled infielder Nick Maton to take his place on the active roster. With shortstop Didi Gregorius expected to return in the next few days, Bryson Stott and Johan Camargo will likely platoon at second base for the foreseeable future, with Maton in reserve. Maton hit a crucial two-run blast in last night’s come from behind victory over the Giants.
Segura’s absence is a heck of a blow to a Phillies team that has struggled to find any sort of consistency this year. The 32-year-old Dominican Republic native has slashed .275/.324/.407 across 179 plate appearances this year, with 10 extra base hits and eight steals to his credit. The Mets have a double-digit lead in the NL East right now, and it seems the Phillies will need to look to the wild card race if they intend to make the playoffs. An early return from Segura would go a long way towards lifting their hopes.