Gennett was diagnosed Saturday with a strained right groin and is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.

The news is a devastating blow to the Reds with Opening Day less than a week away, as the team will now be without a key middle-of-the-order bat until at least late May. Gennett's injury likely paves the way for non-roster invitees Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias to both break camp with the big club, with the latter slated to draw regular starts alongside shortstop Jose Peraza in the middle infield, per Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Though top prospect Nick Senzel looms at Triple-A Louisville and logged 28 starts at second base for the affiliate in 2018, president of baseball operations Dick Williams said the youngster won't be a candidate to replace Gennett and will instead continue his transition to the outfield, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

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