MLB Injuries

Jean Segura exits early with ankle injury

Photographer: Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire

Update: Segura has high ankle sprain

Jean Segura left Thursday’s game against the Colorado Rockies after injuring his right ankle while sliding into second base. The team has not announced any further information regarding the shortstop’s condition.

“He could be day-to-day if it is a mild ankle sprain or could miss three to four weeks if it is a high ankle sprain,” Fantasy Doctor Dr. Selene Parekh M.D.. “An MRI could be required if there are concerns of ligament damage. X-rays will be performed to rule out a possible break.” Click on the link below to learn more about ankle Sprains:

Ankle Sprains

Segura joins a plethora of teammates on the disabled list as the team’s roster, which is full of former All-Stars, continues to send the team into downward spiral. Segura’s .341 batting average was the highest among teammates who have over 100 at-bats so far this season. The team’s leadoff hitter also has four home runs and 20 RBI so far this season. Fantasy owners should onto Segura, even if he misses the next month. Quality fantasy shortstops are hot commodities these days.

Taylor Motter stepped in for Segura following the injury on Thursday. The 27-year-old is batting .209 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 2017. He has spent most of the season in the outfield but has experience playing shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays. His low batting average keeps him from becoming a serious fantasy asset, despite having plus power. There has to be a better option at shortstop for fantasy owners while Segura is out.

Because Motter is no longer going to be taking up outfield playing time, allowing for more uncontested playing time for Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia.  These two have had much better seasons that Motter. Gamel is batting .308 with two home runs and 16 RBI and has spent most of his time in the the second spot in the lineup. He could even be a candidate to lead off while Segura is out. Gamel is worth a hard look from owners in 12-team leagues because of his ability to hit for average alone. 
Heredia has also been playing well for Seattle, batting .299 with four home runs and 10 RBI. The lefty has been a similar fantasy asset to Gamel. They both can hit for average but have minimal speed and power potential. They both receive a bump in fantasy value with Motter occupied at shortstop. But Gamel may have more value because of his high placement in the batting order.

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