Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds’ top prospect who was just recently reassigned to minor league camp, suffered an ankle injury on Monday night.
The hits just keep on coming for the Cincinnati Reds. Last week it was Scooter Gennett, and now Nick Senzel. According to reports, the Reds’ top prospect suffered an ankle injury during a minor league game on Monday night. According to The Athletics’ Ken Rosenthal x-rays were negative and Senzel will have an MRI today.
So much for service time being an issue. Nick Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp just last Friday after losing out in the battle for the starting center field spot by Scott Schebler. There was some controversy surrounding Senzel’s demotion considering that the Cincinnati Reds can gain an additional year of team control if the 23-year-old is not called up to the majors within the first couple of weeks.
This most recent injury, though we don’t know the severity, will definitely keep Senzel out of the majors for a prolonged period of time yet to be determined. This is devastating news, not just for Senzel, but for the Reds as well. Cincinnati just lost their All-Star slugger Scooter Gennett for the first 2-3 months of the season with a strained groin.
Though I don’t believe it to be the case, the narrative will certainly be tossed about that Nick Senzel is ‘injury prone’. Bouts with vertigo and an injury to his finger cost Senzel all but 44 games at Triple-A Louisville last season. Senzel also missed the Arizona Fall League with bone spurs in elbow.
Senzel stayed healthy throughout the spring and showed a lot of grit and determination in his desire to win the starting job in center field and make the 25-man roster. This latest injury is just another blow to the young man’s confidence, but hopeful the MRI shows no structural damage and Senzel is able to resume baseball activities very shortly.
If the Cincinnati Reds are going to make some noise in the National League Central, Nick Senzel will be a big part of their success. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery and hoping that he’s back on the field very soon.