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Mariners’ Jean Segura out 1-2 months with ankle injury

GM Jerry Dipoto was not optimistic about Segura’s outlook during a radio appearance Friday night.

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The Mariners placed shortstop Jean Segura on the 10-day disabled list with a high ankle sprain Friday night, and it appears he’ll be sidelined for a while. According to general manager Jerry Dipoto, Segura is likely to miss 1-2 months with the injury.

Segura is the latest significant loss for a Mariners club that has been bitten hard by the injury bug this year, joining Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Drew Smyly and Mitch Haniger as key contributors on the disabled list. Segura has been a bright spot in an otherwise tough season for the M’s thus far, slashing .341/.391/.462 with four homers and seven steals.

In Segura’s absence, Seattle will turn to Taylor Motter as its primary shortstop in between stars Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager. Motter, who was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay over the winter, hit a grand slam Friday night but has only hit .209 in 46 games this year.

After an aggressive offseason filled with weekly trades by Dipoto, the Mariners sit 13.5 games out of first place in the AL West and are four games below .500 at 26-30. If the team is unable to get healthy and start winning ballgames by the end of this month, Dipoto may be forced to shift focus and look to sell veterans at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.