It appears that just when things start looking up for the Cincinnati Reds over that past few years, that’s when disaster seems to strike. It looks like that trend won’t be ending anytime soon as a plethora of issues continue to plague the team. From starting pitchers to lack of offense to constant player injuries, when the Reds seem to address or start to solve one problem another problem shows its ugly head.
On Saturday, the Reds and their Triple-A Minor League affiliate, the Louisville Bats, announced that Cincinnati’s top prospect Nick Senzel will be missing the remainder of the 2018 season due to surgery. Senzel sustained the injury during the first inning of Louisville’s game Friday night against the Norfolk Tides. The injury occurred to Senzel’s right hand, his throwing hand, on a defensive play. Initially, Senzel remained in the game and finished the top-half of the first inning, but was removed from the game during the bottom of the first. Saturday’s announcement revealed that Senzel’s injury would require the surgery, scheduled for Tuesday, needed to repair a torn tendon in his index finger.
Senzel missed a bit of time earlier this season with a case of vertigo. The 22-year-old infielder has been hitting the ball all over the yard since returning from the DL. Quickly following his return from vertigo, Senzel was able to raise his batting average from .263 to .305, including hitting a .378 during a ten-game span following his return. Through 44 games this year, Senzel has a .310 batting average with a .378 on-base percentage and .509 slugging percentage while acquiring 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 25 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
Senzel appeared to be on pace to join the Reds in Cincinnati this season, his third year with the organization. Drafted from the University of Tennessee in 2016, Senzel was the second overall pick. He is currently rated baseball’s sixth overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
Surely a number of fans will be upset about not seeing their team’s top prospect in a Reds uniform this season, along with some Reds management. Cincinnati was already struggling to find a place for Senzel on their MLB roster with a full infield of Joey Votto on first, Scooter Gennett on second, Eugenio Suarez on third and Jose Peraza at shortstop with Alex Blandino and Brandon Dixon currently on the roster to fill in as backups and outfielder Adam Duvall able to play first base in relief of Votto. Trade rumors linked to the Reds have Cincinnati trading Gennett before the deadline with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Senzel’s injury might make the Reds think differently about executing that trade.
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