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.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.