Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, who was scratched from the team's lineup Wednesday, has been placed on the disabled list with a fractured pinky finger, the team announced via Twitter.
Conjecture is that Segura injured his finger in the first inning of the Brewers game against the White Sox Tuesday when he slid into third base on a triple. Originally, it appeared he had just been suffering from soreness but a closer look revealed a fracture.
The severity of the fracture, of course, will play a role in how long Segura will be out. Alex Rios broke his pinky in mid-April and is only recently hitting off a tee in an effort to return soon. In 2013, Curtis Granderson broke his pinky on May 24, had surgery to put a pin in the finger, and didn't return until August 2. David Wright played through a fractured pinky in 2012 and had an All Star campaign.
Segura -- who has also twice been hit in the head by pitches this year -- is hitting .262/.306/.373 on the season with six stolen bases.
To take his roster spot, the Brewers have called up Luis Sardinas, a former top Rangers prospect acquired in the off-season Yovani Gallardo trade. Sardinas is known to have a good glove in the infield, but has had some trouble catching up at the plate in his minor league career. He's also still quite young as he'll turn 22 on Saturday.
Sardinas won't hit for much power, but does have a bit of speed (32 stolen bases in 22). He's hit .288/.324/.386 in 32 games for Colorado Springs this year after posting a .666 OPS in Double- and Triple-A last season.
With Segura likely out for a few weeks, Sardinas will likely see some playing time while he's up. I'd expect manager Craig Counsell to go with the hot hand between Sardinas, Elian Herrera and Hector Gomez at shortstop.
As one more interesting note: With Sardinas up, the Brewers promoted shortstop prospect Yadiel Rivera to Triple-A. A defensive whiz who had never been much of a hitter, Rivera has been smoking the ball to the tune of a .322/.366/.452 batting line in Double-A.