ANAHEIM -- After Jean Segura went 3-for-3 in the first six innings of his first game back from a sprained right middle finger on Friday night, the Mariners shortstop was taken out and likely is done for the season after lifting his batting average to .300.Segura wasn't in the lineup
ANAHEIM -- After Jean Segura went 3-for-3 in the first six innings of his first game back from a sprained right middle finger on Friday night, the Mariners shortstop was taken out and likely is done for the season after lifting his batting average to .300.
Segura wasn't in the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Angels and manager Scott Servais sounded like the 27-year-old might not play in Sunday's finale, either.
"He could show up in a game here or there, but Jean has had the injury issues this year," Servais said. "He's had a good season. I know he probably hasn't played as much as he wanted to, but it's been kind of one nagging thing after another. It was hamstring, it was ankle, it was finger, it's been all kinds of stuff."
If Segura is done, he'll be just the third shortstop in Mariners history to hit .300 or above for a season, joining Alex Rodriguez, who did it four times (1996-98 and 2000) and Felix Fermin (1994).
It would be Segura's second season at .300 or better as he batted .319 last season for the D-backs.
The fact Segura could come off a four-day absence with the sprained finger and rip three straight hits -- including a double -- to raise his average from .296 to .300 showed again the kind of natural talent he has at the plate.
"That's hard to do," Servais said. "He's very talented. We know that and how he does it with the shortness of his swing. He can hit so many different pitches all over the strike zone. He found a way to scratch out a few last night. He hit the ball good. He had three hits and played well."
Servais said the club would like to see veteran infielder James Beckham get some playing time at shortstop this weekend. Beckham replaced Segura in the sixth inning of Friday's 6-5 loss and started at shortstop for the first time in Saturday's game. Beckham played all year for Triple-A Tacoma, but is a nine-year MLB veteran who could be in the picture as a utility infielder next season.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.