Mariners manager Scott Servais is hoping shortstop Jean Segura will play Sunday in the series finale against the Red Sox or Monday in Baltimore.
BOSTON — Jean Segura took out his phone and flipped to the photo section to show what his infected right forearm looked like the past few days.
They were pictures you’d probably not want to view just after a meal.
It looked like a massive bruised green zit that needed to be popped by the YouTube sensation Dr. Pimple Popper.
“It looks pretty gross,” he said. “It doesn’t look very good.”
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His description of the doctor visit Friday wasn’t much better.
“They went in with the needle to get some of the blood and pus in my arm,” he said. “They decided to cut it open and get everything out of there. They squeezed it hard as they could to get all the pus out of my arm and then they cut it open and got more out.”
How did it feel?
“It (expletive) hurt,” he said.
The infection kept Segura out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game on the road trip.
“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “The soreness has gone down and the swelling has gone down.”
Segura was going to hit in the cage to test the arm. He also did some running on the field during batting practice. Mariners manager Scott Servais is hoping Segura will play Sunday in the series finale against the Red Sox or Monday in Baltimore.
“He had a bit of an upset stomach today,” Servais said Saturday. “The medicine he’s taking is very strong, and it’s very important that you eat something when you take it. But he’s feeling better.”
Segura isn’t going to rush the nontypical baseball injury.
“If it feels good, I’ll play tomorrow,” he said. “But you can’t play around with an infection. Now I have to wait till it recovers.”
Segura felt the pain in New York, and then his arm swelled up and got very sore.
“It was scary,” he said. “It’s the first I’ve dealt with something like this. It’s frustrating to not be able to help the team the last few games. But at the same time, it’s important that I get my arm right.”
He tried to play through it in New York, and it didn’t work.
“It was bad,” he said. “It was hurting me, especially when I was swinging the bat. I couldn’t even extend my arm. It doesn’t feel right when you swing and feel pinching, like somebody is trying to grab your bat. As a player, you don’t want to have that feeling.”
• Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre convened his entire pitching staff along with assistant coach Jim Brower and bullpen coach Brian DeLunas for a meeting on the outfield grass of Fenway Park hours before the game Saturday.
“I don’t like meetings,” he said. “But sometimes you need to have a discussion. And so when I have them, they’re important.”
Stottlemyre didn’t blow up at his struggling pitching staff. And he also didn’t give a Braveheart inspirational speech.
The exact details of what was said in the meeting weren’t shared.
“Just a few reminders and some motivation,” said James Paxton.
Stottlemyre said he just wanted to remind his pitchers about who they are and what they believe in as a team. He has been frustrated with his pitchers consistently falling behind batters in counts, not establishing the inside part of the plate to keep hitters off it, the lack of breaking-ball usage and lack of attention to detail.