MILWAUKEE -- Hoping to ease the early-season pressure on second-year shortstop Jean Segura, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke dropped him in the batting order on Monday. Segura, who usually hits second, was originally batting seventh against the Padres, but moved up to sixth when left fielder Khris Davis was scratched with an illness.
Segura began the day batting .233 with 13 singles, three doubles and a triple. His on-base percentage was just .263, and Segura's 76.7 percent ground-ball rate led Major League regulars. He had not homered in 260 regular-season plate appearances.
"I'm hoping it relaxes him more," Roenicke said of the lineup shift. "When you're hitting second, it's an important spot. You know you're supposed to be getting on base for the three, four, five [hitters], and when you're not doing it, you're pressing.
"This guy just needs to relax and hit. He's a really good hitter, and I want him to succeed, and this is the best way to do it."