Segedin Gave Dodgers Something To Think About

GLENDALE, Ariz.—If Rob Segedin could take a hint, he probably wouldn’t be playing professional baseball anymore.

The third baseman acquired by the Dodgers this winter has endured a series of physical challenges, beginning during his college career at Tulane, that might make a career as a pro athlete seem like a mismatch.

Segedin didn’t realize this until his sophomore season at Tulane. That’s when a lower back injury led to a CAT scan, which revealed he had been born with Pars Defect.

“It’s a birth defect,” said Segedin, 27. “From what I understand . . . your spine isn’t completely fused together, bone on bone. So my (spinal segments) never completely fused together. So your body creates these micro-fibers that kind of glue it together. When I originally hurt my back, I kind of tore those.”

It took doctors some time to give Segedin the right treatment plan. He returned to play as a junior but then found he had another issue to deal with—this time in his hips.

“It’s not a birth defect, but it’s something that develops during your teenage years,” Segedin said. “You get this added bone on your hip.

“I was in a full body brace (after surgery). At the time I was coming back, I was thinking, ‘Just try to enjoy college baseball. It’ll be the last time you’ll be able to play baseball.’ I was fortunate enough to come back from that and play well enough to get drafted. Ever since then it’s been good.”

A Yankees third-round pick in 2010, Segedin slowly rose through the system. Last year, he hit .287/.360/.426 with seven home runs in 71 games at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This winter, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, a fellow Tulane grad, acquired Segedin from the Yankees in a minor league trade and extended a spring invite. He took advantage, hitting two home runs in his first spring game. He was among the last cuts, just missing out on making the Opening Day roster.


• Righthander Josh Ravin suffered a fractured radius in his left arm in a car accident early in spring training and will miss at least eight weeks. He had surgery during which screws and plates were inserted.

• The Dodgers had two minor leaguers on rosters for World Baseball Classic qualifiers: righthander Sven Schuller (Germany) and lefthander Leonardo Crawford (Nicaragua).

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