8/23/2014 9:22 P.M. ET
Segura held out of starting lineup, enters in sixth
By Caitlin Swieca / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- A night after committing two uncharacteristic errors at shortstop, Jean Segura was out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Saturday in what manager Ron Roenicke said was a mental day off.
However, Segura entered the game against the Pirates as part of a double switch in the top of the sixth inning.
Roenicke said the benching was not a reaction to Friday's errors, but acknowledged that he has been keeping close tabs on the mental state of the second-year shortstop, who has had a tough season on and off the field.
"Sometimes just the mental part of it, he needs to be in there more with energy," Roenicke said. "I told him that when I thought I was seeing a little bit something different in him, that I was going to give him a day off."
After a breakout first half last season that earned him an All-Star selection, Segura scuffled offensively in the second half of last year and has continued to struggle throughout this season. He was batting .232/.270/.316 entering Saturday, though he's maintained his strong defensive presence.
Those on-field struggles were dwarfed by the sudden death of his 9-month-old son on July 12.
Though Segura has recently told Roenicke that he's doing fine, the manager has been careful to continue monitoring his mental state and giving him days off to take some pressure off.
"I talked to him the other day. He said everything is fine," Roenicke said. "He's going to go through some times when he's kind of a little moody, which you understand. It's hard. He's not playing as well as he thinks he should. I told him when I see things, that I will give him a day.
"He's not a guy that is going to come in and let me know. I always go to him. Not necessarily always in my office, but I'll go talk to him in the field and see how he's doing. He's been honest, so I expect him to continue doing that."
Though Segura's second year as a starter has been particularly draining, Roenicke expressed faith that he would be able to fight through his current struggles.
"It is hard to say where he is going to be the next few years. But he's better than what he has shown this year, defensively and offensively," Roenicke said. "I think it has been a tough year for him. They talk about the second year is always tough. Well, we are seeing it with him. Hopefully, he bounces back here and we start seeing the guy that we think is going to be really good at shortstop for a long time."
Crew would like explanation on Friday's review
MILWAUKEE -- After losing a replay challenge in the sixth inning of Friday night's 8-3 loss to the Pirates, the Brewers will be making their second inquiry in the past month with Major League Baseball to seek further clarification on a reviewed call.
In the past, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has said that he's a fan of the replay system, which is in its first year. But he has expressed frustration with the lack of explanation on close calls, and that sentiment was evident again before Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Friday night's challenge came with runners on first and second with two outs. Rickie Weeks hit a ground ball to shortstop Jordy Mercer, who threw to third baseman Josh Harrison to force out Aramis Ramirez. But Harrison was off the base when he received the ball and had to scramble to reach the bag. Roenicke challenged whether Ramirez beat Harrison to the bag with his slide, but the call stood, meaning there was not conclusive evidence to overturn it.
Under the current system, managers who take the field to argue after replay face ejection, so Roenicke was not able to ask what the replay officials in New York ruled on.
"I would have liked to have heard from New York as to what they saw," Roenicke said. "I don't think that's an obvious call. To say, 'Oh, they really blew it,' I wouldn't say that. But if you piece together two different angles that you can see, you can deduct he was safe. They told us in the review headquarters in New York, they told us that they do piece together two shots. They could have pieced together and come up with a better call."
Roenicke said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin had put in a request with the league to get further explanation. The team did the same back in July, when they disagreed with a hit-by-pitch call in a game against the Reds. Zack Cozart was awarded first base, though replays indicated the ball may have hit his bat before it hit his hand.
"They did give us a reason, it just wasn't the right reason," Roenicke said of the MLB explanation of that call.
Roenicke acknowledged that it would be difficult for umpires to explain the rationale for every reviewed call on a microphone, as is done in NFL games, because of how many baseball games there are every season and the delay it would create. But he said he'd like to be able to get an explanation from New York closer to real time, perhaps after the game in question.
"If we do that every single day with all the teams that play, it probably is a little overwhelming," Roenicke said. "But I think there's times when the audience should know what's going on and what they saw. And New York, I'm sure, doesn't want to be put on the spot to have to make that call and why they called it.
"I don't like the way it is, but we're still trying to tweak things. They understand. They're listening to us and what our concerns are, and we're trying to arrange it so we can get everything right."
Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.