Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is out with a fractured finger

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Milwaukee figures to be without shortstop Jean Segura for a while, placing him on the disabled list with a fractured pinkie finger on his throwing hand.

Segura was off to a slow start, hitting .262 with two homers and a .679 OPS in 33 games, although that actually represents a step up from his poor production last season.

Light-hitting journeyman Hector Gomez was the in-house option to replace Segura at shortstop, so the Brewers have called up 21-year-old prospect Luis Sardinas to fill in the position. He was acquired from the Rangers this offseason in the Yovani Gallardo trade and has some long-term upside, but Sardinas doesn’t appear to be ready for the majors after posting a sub-.700 OPS at Triple-A.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.