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Jean Segura injured after inadvertently being struck by Ryan Braun practice swing

Mark Townsend
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Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was forced to leave Saturday night's game in the first inning after inadvertently being struck on the right side of the head by a Ryan Braun practice swing.

The incident was equally as scary as it was bizarre. Segura, who was scheduled to hit second for Milwaukee, was getting ready to emerge from the Brewers dugout in between innings when Braun, who was standing on the top step of the dugout, swung his bat around wildly and caught Segura flush on the side of his head.  

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Apparently Braun got caught up in the moment and completely lost track of where he was, because there's really no other explanation why he'd swing the bat back like that in or near his own dugout.

Segura was immediately assisted to the Milwaukee clubhouse by teammates and the Brewers team athletic trainer. He appeared to be holding the side of his head and looked to be in a considerable amount of pain, but according to the Brewers he did not suffer a concussion or any fractures. Tom Haudricourt of the Miwaukee Journal Sentinal also clarified an earlier tweet by stating that a plastic surgeon stitched up a gash by Segura's right eye. If all heals well, further treatment will not be needed and no DL stint wiill be required.  

That's relieving news for everybody, including Braun, who commented on the incident following the game. 

“You never want to see something like that,” said Braun. “It breaks your heart a little bit. Obviously, it’s never something done intentionally but whenever you’re involved in a situation like that it puts life in perspective and you realize how insignificant. Thank God, from everything we’ve heard he’s OK. It could have been a lot worse.”

Segura, 24, is starting his second season as Milwaukee's every day shortstop. He earned all-star honors in 2013, but is off to a bit of a slow start this season, hitting .239/.272/.330. The Brewers love his defense and like his bat at the top of the order though, so they'll definitely be relieved that he's not looking at a long term recovery

He was replaced on Saturday by Jeff Bianchi, who finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI. Bianchi will likely get whatever playing time Segura is forced to miss. 

In other injury news for the Brewers, Ryan Braun was forced to leave the game with a right intercostal strain. So his tough night didn't end in the first inning. He's considered day-to-day at this point. 

Amazingly, though, through all of the setbacks Milwaukee was able to pull out a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs thanks in large part to Marco Estrada's quality effort on the mound. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of three run ball and struck out nine. 

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