Much-Missed Segura Returns to Phillies
The Phillies lineup has struggled in recent days. The injury bug has bit the Phillies hard. The club has been without shortstop Jean Segura, back-up infielder Scott Kingery, center fielder Odubel Herrera, and back-up outfielder Roman Quinn. Finally the Phillies add one name back to the lineup.
On Saturday, the Phillies announced that the club had activated Segura from the 10-day disabled list. Segura immediately returned to the Phillies lineup, batting second. To make room for Segura, outfielder Dylan Cozens returned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The moves means that infielder Phil Gosselin, whose contract was purchased upon Segura's injury, will remain with the Phillies for now. Utility player Sean Rodriguez, who started at shortstop the last three games, also remains. Rodriguez can play infield and outfield positions alike. The versatile Rodriguez has played all positions in the major leagues but pitcher or catcher.
The return of Segura is most welcome by the Phillies offense. According to a graphic on MLB Network prior to Friday night's game, the Phillies had scored just 2.8 runs per game since Segura landed on the injured list. Segura's return allows for catcher J.T. Realmuto to bat fifth once again and restore the heart of the Phillies lineup.