Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was activated from the bereavement list Friday and will start at shortstop and bat eighth Friday night as the Brewers open their second half against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
According to MLB.com, Segura was smiling and happy to be back with teammates after being away from the club for a week following the death of his 9-month-old son, Janniel, in the Dominican Republic.
“It’s awesome,” Segura said. “You come here to the locker room, they hug you. I feel like they are my family, too. I feel pretty good. They make me feel strong, like, ‘Wow, those guys care about me, too.’”
Segura met with manager Ron Roenicke and general manager Doug Melvin before being activated and placed in the starting lineup.
There was no need for an accompanying roster move. The Brewers opened a spot on the 25-man active roster on Thursday when infielder Jeff Bianchi was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow.
“They’ve been helping me since the first time I stepped into the Brewers’ [organization],” Segura said. “I don’t imagine how important they’ve been to me in my career so far. [Some of them] are dads. They have sons, too. They know how to take care of guys. For me, they’ve been the best teammates I’ve had so far, because they always support me in everything. They talk to me. They’re like family.”
Segura confirmed Friday what Roenicke said Thursday, that his return will be a “day by day” process.
His mother and uncle were in Milwaukee last Friday night, when Segura learned of his son’s death, and will likely remain with him in the U.S. for the rest of the season.
Segura, an All-Star in 2013, is hitting .232/.266/.315 in 88 games this season, with 41 runs, eight doubles, four triples, four home runs, 23 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He leads the National League with eight sacrifice hits.