SEATTLE (AP) — Beset by injuries for most of the season, the Seattle Mariners may be adding two more names to their lengthy list of ailments.
Shortstop Jean Segura and designated hitter Nelson Cruz both left Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies with injuries the club are hoping turn out to be minor.
Segura injured his right ankle sliding into second base in the fourth inning. Cruz was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch from Colorado starter Kyle Freeland in the third inning and was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth.
“Hopeful that guys are not out for an extended period of time, we certainly need them, but injuries happen and we’ve dealt with it all year and we’ll deal with this if we lose the guys,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “But I am hopeful it’s only going to be a day-to-day thing with both of those guys. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Both Cruz and Segura were getting additional tests and not in the clubhouse after Seattle’s four-game winning streak was stopped. Servais called Segura’s injury a twisted ankle, although it looked like it could be the more serious of the two.
Servais may have sounded more concerned about Cruz’s injury. Cruz was hit near the pinky by an 89 mph cutter from Freeland with one out in the fourth. The slugger remained in the game, but was lifted for pinch-hitter Boog Powell in the fifth inning.
“Don’t really know what we’ve got yet. They’ll run some more tests. We’ll know more tomorrow on that one,” Servais said. “We’re hopeful it’s not a broken bone or anything but we don’t know yet on that.”
Segura was trying to advance on a sacrifice fly and slid hard into second base as he was tagged out. Segura’s right ankle appeared to get awkwardly pinned under his body on the slide and he put little weight on his right leg as he was helped off the field.
Segura has already had one stint on the disabled list this season, missing 12 games in April with a hamstring strain. Segura entered the day leading the American League with a .344 batting average, but was 0-for-2 before getting hurt.