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Jean Segura could miss two months with ankle sprain

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The news has gone from bad to worse for Mariners’ middle infielder Jean Segura, who left Thursday’s game when he sprained his right ankle on a slide into second base. The Mariners placed Segura on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, but recent comments from GM Jerry Dipoto revealed that the shortstop could miss up to 1-2 months during the recovery process.

Prior to the injury, Segura was off to a hot start in his first season with the Mariners. The 27-year-old slashed .241/.391/.462 with four home runs and an .852 OPS through his first 198 PA of the year. He joins a long list of injured players on Seattle’s roster, including fellow shortstop Shawn O'Malley, who isn’t expected back until August after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery last month.

Without Segura, the Mariners are expected to utilize Taylor Motter at short for the time being. Minor league infielder Tyler Smith was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and made his big league debut at second base, but could shoulder some shortstop duties with Motter over the coming weeks as well.

Report: Diamondbacks acquire Steven Souza from Rays; Yankees land Brandon Drury

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Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Diamondbacks will receive outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and second baseman Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees. Lefty reliever Anthony Banda will go to the Rays, Piecoro adds. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert adds that the Rays will get two players to be named later from the D-Backs.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. Last season, Souza hit a productive .239/.351/.459 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances. Souza’s arrival almost certainly pushes Yasmany Tomas out of a starting gig.

Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career. Last year, he played second base in Arizona, batting .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 480 PA.

Banda, 24, made his major league debut last season, posting an ugly 5.96 ERA with a 25/10 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The peripherals suggest he pitched better than his ERA indicated.

Widener, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. This past season with High-A Tampa, he pitched 119 1/3 innings and posted a 3.39 ERA with a 129/50 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system.

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. The Yankees’ return is presently not known.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.