TRENTON – After Rob Segedin missed both games of Wednesday’s getaway day double header against the Akron RubberDucks, the question started to be asked as to what was wrong with the Thunder’s starting third baseman. In total, Segedin missed five of Trenton’s seven games on the team’s road trip and is out of the lineup again Thursday.
Before Thursday’s game, Segedin told me that he was scheduled to be off for two of the games anyways, but confirmed that he missed a few games after a bout with dehydration. On Tuesday, Segedin said he felt bad enough that he required a trip to an Akron hospital. Thunder manager Tony Franklin indicated that while Segedin told him he could play Thursday, he was giving him a precautionary day off.
“He was a little sick, a little dehydrated,” Franklin said. “So we got him some fluids in him, gave him some time to recover... He says he can play today, but one more day won’t hurt.”
A noticably thinner Segedin also indicated that he lost about ten pounds due after his bout with dehydration. With Sunday already being an off day for the team, it would not be surprising if Segedin did not return to the Thunder lineup until Monday, after he has an opportunity to build his strength back up.
The 25-year-old was on the field for batting practice Thursday, but he was not in his usual spot. Instead, Segedin was taking ground balls at first base – a position where he has made just three appearances before in his professional career. Earlier this season, Segedin noted how having the versatility to play different positions would help him in his long-term quest at the major leagues.
“If you look at the Yankees who've made it up [from the minor leagues], outside of Cano, even Gardner played all the outfield positions,” Segedin noted on Opening Day. “There's not really many guys who go up there and have a position set for them. You have to have that versatility. I can play a little outfield, I can play a little first base, and hopefully that versatility is something where I can use to my advantage.”
Despite four corner infielders – Austin, Segedin, Kyle Roller, and Dan Fiorito – on the Thunder roster, Tony Franklin didn’t foresee a problem with having too many players at either first or third base.
“I don’t think it’s a logjam,” Franklin told the media before Thursday’s game. “I think it’s a matter of getting guys in the lineup at different positions to find out whether or not they’re going to be alright playing there.”
- In addition to Segedin being out of the lineup, Tyler Austin is also getting a day off on Thursday, leaving Dan Fiorito to man third base. Its Austin’s first off day since making his season debut last Tuesday. Finally fully recovered from the wrist troubles that plagued him since last season’s All-Star Break, Austin is settling into his comfort zone while working at numerous different positions. Since joining the Thunder prior to the 2012 playoffs, Austin has seen time at first base, third base, and right field, though he indicated he has no preference where he plays defensively.
- Tony Franklin also confirmed during his pre-game media session that Matt Tracy will be his starter for Friday’s game against the Erie SeaWolves. Friday’s starter was officially listed as TBA, though that appears to be a result of Tracy not being on the roster. He was sent to Class-A Staten Island’s roster on Wednesday to make room for Zach Nuding.
- Thunder starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell tossed an absolute gem on Monday, striking out 12 hitters over six shutout innings. In just six career regular season starts with the Thunder, Mitchell has now recorded double-digit strikeouts twice.