7/13/2013 11:24 P.M. ET
Segura fine playing every day in first full season
By Jose M. Romero / Special to MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Jean Segura played in his 91st game of the season Saturday and 89th at shortstop, missing only two games for the Brewers this year. But the 23-year-old All-Star, who had played only 45 Major League games before this season, said he isn't feeling fatigued.
"I'm young, and being hit by those pitches hasn't caused a serious injury to not let me play," Segura said in Spanish, referring to him being plunked six times this season. "I always like to play, and if I don't, it's because I'm injured."
Segura, who has been a bright spot for the Brewers this season after winning the starting job in Spring Training, said he comes to the ballpark every day expecting to play and doesn't concern himself with much else. That includes the chance of a long-term contract that could earn him franchise-player-type money, which he feels will be worked out in due time.
Segura's last day off was July 2, and he's been dealing with a sore right hand but has been irreplaceable despite a 6-for-23 homestand before the trip to Arizona.
The All-Star break won't offer much rest, either, as Segura will travel to New York to take part in the festivities for the Midsummer Classic.
"I won't be able to take much of a break, but it's a fun game and it's going to be a good experience for me," he said.
Roenicke concerned about Brewers pressing
PHOENIX -- The Brewers scored 13 runs in their past six games entering Saturday's action, going 2-4 during that span. They went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position Friday and 1-for-7 in the series opener on Thursday.
Through Friday, All-Star Carlos Gomez had one hit in his past seven games, striking out four times in five plate appearances Friday and is among a host of scuffling hitters for the Brewers.
"He's not approaching it quite the same way as he was," manager Ron Roenicke said of Gomez. "I don't know if he's trying to hit home runs … he's just in a slump."
Roenicke and catcher Jonathan Lucroy wondered aloud why the team struggled to drive in runs after Friday night's loss.
"The mind just screws you up. It always amazes me how much when you start overthinking, how bad the body reacts," Roenicke said. "You try to do different things and it never works out."
Roenicke added that he'll let Gomez try to work his way out of the slump with only one more game before the All-Star break. Gomez also saw his 0-for-4 line from Friday changed to an 0-for-5, with a scoring decision originally ruled a sacrifice bunt changed to a groundout from the catcher to first base.
Estrada's side session pushed back a day
PHOENIX -- Starting pitcher Marco Estrada was scheduled to throw a bullpen session off flat ground Saturday but it was moved to Sunday. Estrada is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring but is also dealing with back problems, and the right-hander said he isn't yet 100 percent.
Estrada's next step in his recovery will be to throw live batting practice, then make at least three Minor League starts. So he isn't expected to be available for another 20 days, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Pitcher Alfredo Figaro threw his bullpen session Saturday and will pitch in games at the club's complex in Maryvale, Ariz., in coming days.
• Outfielder Ryan Braun, who was placed on the bereavement list Thursday, isn't expected to return in time to play Sunday, manager Ron Roenicke said. Roenicke doesn't expect Braun's absence for a family medical emergency to be an issue after the All-Star break.
• Roenicke said he spoke with assistant general manager Gord Ash and will discuss with GM Doug Melvin about what to do with left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who has made a case to stick in the starting rotation after the All-Star break. Gorzelanny has pitched well in his last two starts despite taking the loss in both, allowing two unearned runs and just three hits in six innings of a 2-1 loss Friday.
• The Brewers have signed two more 2013 Draft picks plus a non-drafted player. Left-hander Trevor Seidenberger, a 12th-round selection from TCU, and 32nd-round pick Ryan Deeter, a right-hander from UCLA, are under contract, as is non-drafted shortstop Steven Halcomb from Gonzaga University.
• The Brewers entered Saturday's game leading the Majors in infield hits with 112. All-Star Jean Segura led with 31 and Norichika Aoki followed with 24.
Jose M. Romero is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.