Philadelphia Phillies: Jean Segura is ahead of schedule (thank goodness)

The Philadelphia Phillies have finally received some good news regarding the team’s ever-growing injured list. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, second baseman Jean Segura is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken right index finger. Due to this injury, Segura has been out of the Phillies lineup since May 31st.

As the Phillies prepared for the first series since the All-Star break, Segura was already counting down the days until his first rehab start. If all goes according to the new plan, that should be next week which would potentially allow Segura to return to the Phillies after the road trip versus Pittsburgh and Atlanta. This means that Segura could potentially make his return on August 4th against the Washington Nationals.

The Phillies initially stated that Segura was expected to miss about 10-12 weeks of time after the surgery. To potentially return in just nine weeks would be just what the doctor ordered for the Phillies. The team may have a 31-18 record without Jean Segura, but the second baseman’s exit coincidentally coincided with the decision to fire then-manager Joe Girardi. Since then, the team has lost Bryce Harper‘s bat as well and has only averaged 3.86 runs per game in their last 15 games, putting them in the bottom 10 in the league in that category.

Jean Segura is recovering ahead of schedule, and for the Philadelphia Phillies, it could not come at a more necessary moment.

Before the injury, Segura was actually one of the surprise stories for the Phillies’ organization. It wasn’t that the team hadn’t seen him perform before, but he was on pace for career-highs in home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases. While he won’t immediately come back firing on all cylinders, at least not likely, his return solves one of a few gaping holes both in the lineup and the infield.

For the Philadelphia Phillies, Jean Segura cannot come back soon enough, and it’s not hard to see why. As the team continues its hunt for a postseason appearance, they will need their second baseman to keep up with the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.