The Milwaukee Brewers young double-play combination of second baseman Scooter Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura was sidelined for Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, with both players sitting out because of tightness in quadriceps muscles.
Gennett did get into the game as a pinch-hitter, striking out in the top of the ninth. Segura did not play. Instead, the Brewers started veteran Rickie Weeks at second base and utility man Elian Herrera got the call at shortstop.
Gennett has been battling through tightness in his right quad for a couple of weeks now and re-aggravated it running out a ground ball in the second inning of Saturday’s game in St. Louis.
“It’s to the point where I don’t like him out there, knowing that he can’t go full-out all the time,” Roenicke said. “Like I told him, he can control it a little bit running the bases, but, OK, you’ve got a ground ball that you have to go in the hole for, you’ve got a popup behind you that you know is a big play, so what are you going to do? You’ve got to go. That worries me.”
Gennett originally felt the quad tightness in the second game after the All-Star break.
Segura, meanwhile, has been dealing with the same issue in his left quad for more than a month, having tweaked it in late June.
“I’m hoping these two days will help these guys,” Roenicke said. “It is the time of the year where you have some things that seem to linger on. I don’t think we can afford to lose either one of them for a long period of time, so you try to be careful with them.”
Gennett has been a revelation in his first full season, hitting .305/.340/.479 in 94 games, with 42 runs, 23 doubles, eight home runs and 37 RBI.
Segura has slumped offensively in his second full campaign. He is hitting .234/.267/.324 in 103 games, with 47 runs, 11 doubles, six triples, four homers, 26 RBI and 16 stolen bases, but he plays sterling defense.
With the Brewers locked in a tight race with three other teams in the National League Central, player availability is an even bigger issue.
The top three teams in the NL Central standings—the Brewers, Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates—are all off on Monday, while the Cincinnati Reds visit the Cleveland Indians.
Milwaukee has had at least a share of the division lead every day since April 5, but had their lead over the Cardinals cut to one game after dropping two of three in St. Louis over the weekend. The Pirates are 1½ games back and Cincinnati made it interesting again by taking three of four from the New York Mets to get back to within 4½ games of the division lead.
The Brewers return to action at Miller Park Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants come to town to open a three-game series.