To start the 2013 season, Rob Segedin was off to the best start of his career playing with Double-A Trenton.
The third baseman opened the campaign batting .338 with three homers and 17 RBI in 18 games. He seemed due for a promotion during a season in which New York players battled to stay healthy.
But on a cold night in Akron, one that Segedin remembers like it was yesterday, the 25-year-old suffered a season-ending injury.
“It was about 30 degrees, snowing, sleeting and we didn’t even think we were going to play the game, but we started anyway,” he said. “I dove for the ball down the line, got up and threw it, and I felt like I was tight in my groin. I didn’t feel immediate pain, but after sitting on a nine-hour bus ride, the next morning I woke up and I thought something was wrong.
“That’s when I spoke with the Yankees, the trainer there, and figured out that my hip was messed up.”
It’s the same hip injury that stars like Chase Utley and Alex Rodriguez suffered in the past and completely recovered from. Segedin wasn’t too upset because he knew he would bounce back, but having the best start in his career ended so abruptly was certainly demoralizing.
“It was pretty devastating because I knew I was going to be out for the rest of the season and I was doing well at the time,” he said. “But everything happens for a reason and I feel a lot better now coming back from the injury. Hopefully this step back is something that helps me go forward in the future.”
In fact, it was an injury that was bound to happen. When doctors checked him out, they found out that the hip injury was something that he had for most of his life and just didn’t realize. Segedin said he only experienced tightness previously, but now his motion to both sides is much smoother.
“I never really had pain or anything, just limited range of motion — not being able to squat down, not being able to do things that other people were able to do,” he said. “I just thought it was muscle tightness and I would always try to get it loosened up. It would only go to a certain degree and never thought too much into it.”
To start the 2014 campaign he got off to a similar start with Trenton, batting .326 with 15 RBI and three homers in 14 games in April. He went through a bit of a slump in May and June as his average dipped to a season-low .221 on June 20.
After that date however, he eventually broke out, earning a promotion to the RailRiders last month.
In his second game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 22, he walloped his first career grand slam, leading the RailRiders to victory at Gwinnett while driving in five runs.
Since that game, he’s battled with his batting average at Triple-A now sitting at .159 with just three extra-base hits in 69 at-bats.
“There’s definitely adjustments to make,” he said. “I’m feeling good at the plate. I’m still confident in my abilities. Hopefully I can start stringing together some good games and adjust to the way people are pitching me and have a good gameplan.”