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Segura optimistic about recovery window

Iwakuma throws a 15-pitch simulated game Saturday
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SEATTLE -- Jean Segura met with the media for the first time since sustaining a right high-ankle sprain in the Mariners' loss to the Rockies on Thursday, and expressed optimism for making a quick recovery.

"I don't think it's going to take too much time," Segura said. "It's starting to feel a lot better the past couple of days and I think it's going to be a quick recovery."

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SEATTLE -- Jean Segura met with the media for the first time since sustaining a right high-ankle sprain in the Mariners' loss to the Rockies on Thursday, and expressed optimism for making a quick recovery.

"I don't think it's going to take too much time," Segura said. "It's starting to feel a lot better the past couple of days and I think it's going to be a quick recovery."

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Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto went on Seattle radio station KJR on Friday and said it could take Segura months to recover.

Segura was more optimistic Saturday.

"I don't think it's going to take a month," Segura said. "A couple of weeks. But we'll see how it feels the next couple of days."

The 27-year-old shortstop said the pain and swelling has improved since sustaining his injury Thursday, but it's still very sore. Segura executed an awkward slide at second base attempting to tag up on a fly ball and felt something as he touched the base.

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"I should have not gone," Segura admitted. "But you always want to take advantage of the throw that's given to you and take the opportunity, especially down a couple of runs, to get in scoring position.

"But it is what it is. I can't control that. I can only control how I play."

Taylor Motter is in line for shortstop duty with Segura on the disabled list and rookie Tyler Smith, who was called up in a corresponding move to Segura heading to the DL, is the natural backup.

Iwakuma throws simulated game

Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who is on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, threw a 15-pitch simulated game on Saturday.

There are still some kinks to work out, but it's progress, manager Scott Servais said.

"I think where he's at mechanically, he's not quite consistent with his release point yet," he said. "And he knows it. ... but it's a step in the right direction to get hitters in there. You dial up the intensity to get a better read on where you're at."

Iwakuma, while acknowledging much of the inflammation in his throwing shoulder has gone away, repeated Servais' sentiment.

"I think it's more just timing with my lower body and syncing it with my upper body," Iwakuma said through an interpreter. "I don't have the right timing right now. I need to work on that."

Servais said he'll likely throw another simulated game before moving forward with his rehab. Once his timing comes back, Iwakuma said he hopes to make a rehab start.

Worth noting

Ben Gamel will see a lot of time at the leadoff position with Segura on the disabled list. But that's not anything new for Gamel. Putting on a first-baseman's glove and taking grounders in the infield is, however.

The rookie outfielder has been taking grounders and throws at first base in pregame warmups the past two days.

"It's something that we actually talked about at the end of Spring Training," Servais said. "He went to Triple-A and got a first baseman's glove and started taking ground balls over there for a couple of days.

"It just puts another tool to put in his bag. Something he can use and help get on the field if needed. And he should be able to do it … you should be able to do that, extend your career and gives you more opportunities to get in the lineup. Ben wants to do it and he'll keep working at it."

• Outfielder Mitch Haniger felt fine again on Saturday, according to Servais, and will take part in batting practice again. He's on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain and has been out since Arpil 25. He started the season hitting .342.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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