UPDATED 7/17, 8:53 p.m. CDT
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura returned to Milwaukee on Wednesday and will meet the team in Washington as it opens its second-half schedule against the Nationals at Nationals Park Friday night.
According to MLB.com, a funeral service for Segura’s 9-month-old son, Janniel, was held Monday in the Dominican Republic.
Segura left the club after learning of the tragic news after Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park and departed for the Dominican on Saturday morning.
“He’s back in town,” manager Ron Roenicke told 620-AM WTMJ on Thursday. “He needs to do this, he feels, to keep his mind off of some things. So he’ll be back with us. I don’t know that he’ll be playing every day at the beginning. It’s kind of up to him and how he feels. But he wants to do this, so he’ll meet us there tomorrow.”
Segura was placed on the bereavement list on Saturday and utility man Elian Herrera was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take his place on the roster. Segura’s status on the bereavement list won’t be known until Friday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
What Segura can count on is support from his teammates.
“We’re just trying to support him as best we can,” catcher Jonathan Lucroy said at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis earlier this week. “It’s a really bad, tough situation that I would never wish on anybody. Brutal, man. There’s nothing, really, you can do about it. Just when he comes back, take him in and support him as best we can. There’s nothing you can do or say that will fix it. Nothing.”
The 24-year-old Segura came to the Brewers in July 2012 along with young right-hander Johnny Hellweg as part of the trade that sent right-hander Zach Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels.
In his first full season in the majors in 2013, Segura was an All-Star, but tailed off in the second half, still batting .294/.329/.423 in 146 games with 74 runs, 20 doubles, 10 triples, 12 homers, 49 RBI and 44 stolen bases.
This season has been a struggle at the plate for Segura, who is hitting .232/.266/.315 in 88 games, with 41 runs, eight doubles, four triples, four homers, 23 RBI and 15 steals. He does lead the National League with eight sacrifice hits.
Defensively, Segura has been outstanding this season, however, leading NL shortstops with a 4.48 Range Factor per game.
Also Thursday, the Brewers placed infielder Jeff Bianchi on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. That means Herrera will be around for at least a couple of weeks as the backup shortstop and will play the position until Segura’s status becomes clearer.
Roenicke said Thursday that he is willing to play that by ear.
“I think I’ll be able to get a pretty good feel of where he is,” Roenicke said. “He’ll pretty much tell me where he is and what he needs to so. I don’t know if this will be an on-again, off-again kind of think with him.
“Some days he may come in and he’s not there to play. So, we’ll see how that does. You talk about a blueprint. I just can’t imagine what you can do other than have a conversation with him every day to see how he’s doing.”
General manager Doug Melvin said Thursday he is allowing Segura to travel with family members on the road trip to better help Segura make the transition back to baseball.