Apparently, Ryan Braun never had a coach in Little League tell him to not swing the bat in the dugout.
Braun was warming up for his at-bat in the bottom of the first inning Saturday night like he usually does, swinging the bat around his head and behind his back. Usually he does this while on deck. Since he was hitting third and still in the hole, though, he was still on the steps of the dugout when his bat met the face of Jean Segura, who was on his way up the stairs to take his spot on the on deck circle.
Segura needed help walking back to the clubhouse, but luckily for the Brewers, the injuries weren’t serious. Ron Roenicke said after the game that there was no concussion and no fractures for Segura, although he did need stitches. Jeff Bianchi pinch-hit for Segura in the bottom of the first and would presumably play shortstop if Segura needed another day or two off.
If Segura does need some time off but isn’t put on the disabled list, the Brewers could find themselves in a bind when it comes to bats off the bench. They’re still playing one man short while Martin Maldonado serves his suspension for the Steel City Scuffle, Braun left Saturday’s game with an intercostal strain. If Braun and Segura both need days off on Sunday — and that seems likely — the Brewers would be left with just two bats off the bench — Rickie Weeks and whoever doesn’t start at first base between Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds. If you like pitchers pinch-hitting for pitchers, Sunday may just be the game for you.