Senzel was invited to the Reds' major-league camp Wednesday. Injuries held Senzel to just 44 games last season and likely delayed his big-league debut, though he certainly looked major-league ready, as he posted a strong .310/.378/.509 line for Triple-A Louisville. The second overall pick in the 2016 draft should have at least an outside shot to break camp on the major-league roster, but he's good enough and young enough that he's a candidate to be kept in the minors for at least a few weeks so that the Reds secure an extra year of team control. His ultimate defensive position remains unclear, and could involve a move to the outfield, so the "working on his defense" excuse may be more legitimate in his case than most.
Senzel (elbow) said he will resume baseball activities "in the next week or so," Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The highly-touted prospect is nearing a return to full health after an injury-riddled year. After missing extended time during the 2018 season due to vertigo and later a fractured finger, Senzel underwent surgery in October to remove bone spurs from his left elbow. He was recently cleared to begin lifting weights and is expected to begin swinging a bat by the end of December. Barring any setbacks, Senzel is expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training. The 23-year-old will compete for an Opening Day roster spot with Cincinnati after hitting .310/.378/.509 with six homers and eight steals in his first taste of Triple-A in 2018 (44 games with Triple-A Louisville).
Senzel (finger) will play left field in Cincinnati's instructional league, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Senzel underwent season-ending surgery at the end of June on his right index finger, but he's already resumed hitting and should be ready for the start of the instructional league. Although he was drafted as a third baseman, saw time at shortstop in spring training and played second base most of the year in the minors, the Reds are interested in testing out Senzel's versatility even further in an effort to get his bat to the majors as quickly as possible, with Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams citing players like Kris Bryant as examples of Senzel's possible usage around the diamond.
Senzel (finger) underwent surgery to "reduce the fracture in his right index finger" Thursday. Senzel was originally reported to have suffered a torn tendon on the finger, but following surgery the fracture now appears to have been the extent of the damage. The 22-year-old was already declared out for the season and it remains to be seen how the lack of a torn tendon affects the timeline for his recovery, but it's good news nonetheless.
Senzel will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger. Senzel suffered the injury during Friday's game with Triple-A Louisville. He is expected to be fully recovered by spring training, with a chance that he will be back in action for the Arizona Fall League or winter ball if the organization elects to go that route. Across 44 games with the Bats, the infielder hit .310/.378/.509 with six home runs, 25 RBI and eight stolen bases. This is obviously an unfortunate setback for the Reds' top prospect, especially since he was likely to receive a big-league call-up later on this summer.
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