Segura scratched because of split fingernail

Segura scratched because of split fingernail

LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers and Dodgers both made significant lineup changes about an hour before Saturday's first pitch, with Milwaukee scratching shortstop and two-hole hitter Jean Segura after he split a fingernail fielding grounders during batting practice.

Segura split the nail on his right index finger of his throwing hand. Alex Gonzalez moved from first base to shortstop and Blake Lalli started at first base.

"We'll see how it is [Sunday], whether he can throw," manager Ron Roenicke said. "But it split it open pretty good. We weren't able to put him in at defense today, but he said he could hit. That finger doesn't come into play very much swinging the bat."

Segura struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning in Saturday's 6-4 win. It's the throwing that will decide his status for Sunday.

"And the way he throws, he grips that ball pretty hard," Roenicke said.

It was a significant loss for the Brewers considering Segura's solid start to the season. With two more hits in Friday's series opener, he was batting .359 (fifth best among qualifying National League hitters) with a league-best seven stolen bases. He'd hit safely in 16 of his 20 games so far.

The Dodgers also suffered a loss. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who drove in three runs Friday, including a go-ahead, two-run double, was scratched because of what the Dodgers called a "small infection" on his right leg. He was at the hospital Saturday evening but expected to play on Sunday, according to a Dodgers spokesperson.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.