According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he plans to meet with team owner Mark Attanasio this weekend to discuss a possible contract extension for shortstop Jean Segura.
The Brewers previously pitched the idea of an extension to Segura’s agent last May, but nothing came of it. There’s no rush to get a deal done, as Segura isn’t even arbitration-eligible for the first time until 2015, but he’ll only get more expensive if he can build off a solid first season in the majors. Andrelton Simmons’ recent seven-year, $58 million extension with the Braves will surely come up in any conversations.
Segura, who turns 24 on Monday, hit .294/.329/.423 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, and 44 stolen bases over 146 games last season.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.