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3 players who could replace Nick Senzel if the Reds centerfielder lands on the IL

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Senzel / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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Nick Senzel may be headed to the Injured List. While it's been a familiar place for the former first-round pick in the past, Senzel has been relatively healthy for the Cincinnati Reds this season. However, Senzel injured his hamstring in a game versus the Philadelphia Phillies last week and did not appear in the most series against the Washington Nationals.

Senzel has has spent 24 days on the Injured List this season, but has been on the active roster since late-May after two trips to the IL for non-injury related issues. Senzel's first three seasons in the majors had been marred by multiple trips to the IL. So far this season, Senzel has appeared in 91 games.

The MRI came back clean, so if the 27-year-old winds up on the IL it's not expected to be for very long. However, the Reds can only backdate the injury for three days, so if an IL placement is looming, today's the day.

The Reds have been tinkering with the idea of transforming Senzel into a super utility player. His ability to play the infield and the outfield could be a tremendous benefit next season. But who might the Reds look to if Senzel is headed to the IL later today?

1. The Reds could replace Nick Senzel with Michael Papierski.

While it seems complicated, the simplest, and most logical transaction would be to place Nick Senzel on the 10-day IL, transfer Mike Moustakas to the 60-day IL, option one of the team's relievers to Triple-A, recall Michael Papierski, and select the contract of Chase Anderson.

Anderson was signed to a minor league deal and is scheduled to start today's game versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander has to be added to both the 40-man and the Reds cannot have more than 13 pitchers. This would satisfy both criteria. Moustakas has a calf strain, and it sounds as if Cincinnati's $64M man is done for the remainder of the 2022 season.

Michael Papierski is already on the 40-man roster, but would be little more than a bench bat until either Albert Almora Jr. or Matt Reynolds return from the IL. You can be sure that Chase Anderson will be added to the roster today, but will the transaction be this simple or might the Cincinnati front office need to get more creative?

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