Senzel (finger) will need to undergo surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow. He said that an expected timetable for his recovery is 4-to-6 weeks, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Senzel met with doctors Wednesday after apparently playing through pain in his elbow throughout the course of the 2018 season with Triple-A Louisville. This injury comes at an unfortunate time as the 23-year-old was expected to see some reps in the outfield in the Arizona Fall League, which obviously will no longer be in the cards. Senzel wound up missing the final two months of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured right index finger in late June. He was also sidelined with vertigo for just under four weeks in May. Looking ahead, Senzel is confident that he'll be "100 percent healthy" by the time spring training rolls around.
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 nonetheless good news.
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. 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.
The Reds don't appear to be close to calling up Senzel despite his recent tear at the plate at Triple-A Louisville, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "We just want to make sure he has a place to play," Reds general manager Nick Krall said on Friday. "He's been progressing well, and he's making good contact. We feel he's played well in Triple-A, especially since he's come back from the injury the past two weeks."
Unless the Reds give up on Jose Peraza, which seems unlikely, or trades Scooter Gennett, there isn't an obvious place to play Senzel. He's not going to displace Eugenio Suarez or Gennett directly in the lineup, and he hasn't been playing outfield in the minors, so a move out there isn't in the works. Gennett can play the outfield, but he also has a bad shoulder which prevents him from making the longer throws from the outfield. At some point if Senzel keeps hitting as he has been, he'll force the issue, but for now, we'll wait.
Senzel went 4-for-6 Saturday for Triple-A Louisville, scoring twice, knocking in a run and stealing a base, MiLB.com reports.
After a slow start and a lengthy injury absence, Senzel has rallied to post a .276/.361/.441 line at Louisville, albeit with only three homers in 127 at-bats so far. Senzel hasn't yet hit for much power as a professional, though his 10 homers in 57 games at Double-A Pensacola last summer teased at that ability.
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