A day after shortstop Jean Segura again failed to hustle, manager Gabe Kapler has left him in the lineup for tonight's series finale in Washington.
Segura will start at shortstop and bat fifth.
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This comes after many fans and analysts called for Kapler to bench Segura after his latest failure to hustle. Many thought it could send a message and possibly help Kapler regain control of the clubhouse he might have lost.
To open last night's game, Segura failed to run hard out of the box after hitting a flare to left-center. The ball dropped in and Segura could have easily been on second base, but settled for a single. This is not the first time Segura hasn't shown maximum hustle. There was, of course, the at-bat earlier this season, where he seemed to stumble out of the box and didn't get down the first-base line. That's the play when Andrew McCutchen was lost for the year, but it seems overly harsh to blame Segura for the injury.
After last night's loss, Kapler said he talked to Segura and Segura understood he needs to bust it more. Here's what Kapler said last night:
I talked to him about that. He knows he has to run hard out of the box. He knows he has to be on second base. It's just unacceptable. Simple as that.
The other most notable part of tonight's lineup is at the top, where Kapler has Bryce Harper leading off, followed by Rhys Hoskins in the two-hole, a likely attempt to jump-start a recently stagnant offense:
1. Bryce Harper, RF
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. Jay Bruce, LF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Jean Segura, SS
6. Scott Kingery, CF
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
8. Maikel Franco, 3B
9. Nick Pivetta, P
In his career as a leadoff hitter, Harper has hit .273 (110 at-bats) with 8 homers, 19 RBIs and 13 walks. Harper has spent most of his time with the Phillies in the three-hole.
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