Segura ready to push timetable, join Harper for stretch drive

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While the loss of Bryce Harper has gotten most of the attention, the Phillies have been without another very good bat since Jean Segura went down with a broken right index finger on May 31.

Segura had surgery to repair the break on June 3. At the time, it was estimated he’d be out 10 to 12 weeks.

The second baseman believes he can do better than that.

“The way we look right now, probably,” he said after an infield workout Wednesday. “I’m not letting this thing go 10 to 12 weeks. I don't think that's going to happen. As soon as I feel I can grip the bat and take a couple of swings ... I don't need more than that."

Surgical pins used to stabilize Segura’s injury are out and he’s taking ground balls and catching feeds around the bag. He will be evaluated by doctors over the weekend and hopes to be cleared to begin throwing and gripping a bat.

“I’ve been moving around pretty good,” he said. “We’ve been doing some aggressive therapy.”

Entering Wednesday night, the Phils were 22-9 since Segura went down. They've turned around their season and are firmly in the postseason race. Segura can’t wait to join the fun.

“Absolutely,” he said. “To be honest, I’m really jealous. The boys look really good out there. They look relaxed. They look happy. Everybody wants to be a part of that. They’ve been playing really well. They have faced good teams and beaten them. Even with myself and Bryce out, they can beat any team in the game right now.”

Friday will mark five weeks since Segura’s surgery. August 12 will mark the 10-week mark. August 26 would mark the 12-week mark.

Harper suffered a broken left thumb on June 25 and had surgery last week. He has vowed to return but won’t put a timetable on it. Getting Harper back by September 1 is a logical estimate, though it’s believed the slugger is privately angling for a quicker recovery.

Acknowledging that every injury is different, and people heal at their own rates, imagine the boost the Phillies would receive if they got their two best pure hitters back around the same time for the stretch drive.

Segura compared it to a couple of big trade-deadline pickups.

“Me and Bryce,” he said with a laugh. “That’s it.”

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