Well, this is just wonderful. Nick Senzel, the Reds’ top prospect who they refused to promote to the majors last April, now needs surgery on his elbow (after missing the end of the season with a broken finger). Details from the Enquirer:

Senzel told the Enquirer that he needs surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow, which will sideline him for six-to-eight weeks. He expects to be 100 percent healthy by Spring Training but was disappointed that it would cost him additional playing time in the fall.

“I have two bone spurs in my left elbow, so I have to get a scope surgery done to clean it out,” Senzel said. “I think it’s six weeks, so I’m down another six weeks here soon, which is another kind of crappy thing.”

It’s a simple procedure, and there’s no reason to believe that Senzel won’t be ready for spring training. But it will serve as yet another excuse for the Reds to refuse to call him to the majors until September of 2022. (No, I’m not cynical. Why do you ask?)

The surgery also may be enough to prevent the Reds from being able to include Senzel in any off-season trades. I’m not advocating a trade of Senzel, but he’s a significant asset that could be moved in the right deal. Now the Reds, potentially, have one fewer asset in their arsenal of trade possibilities, at least for this winter.


18 Responses

  1. Jeff Reynolds

    Any reason why this wasn’t looked at when he wasn’t down for the finger?

  2. lost11found

    Sigh… It’s no fun, but if he is going to have three injuries in one season. It might as well be this year and not next.

    I have to say though Chad your headline made me wonder, “How did senzel hurt an elbow ligament.”

    • lost11found

      No ligament, but more of an ‘first thing I thought of reading the headline’ sort of thing.

  3. Tom Mitsoff

    Where was the news about CF? I didn’t see it.

  4. DEN

    This kid has bust written all over him. Deal him now and hope there is some sucker out there that will give up some talent…

  5. Tracy Jones

    The Reds Medical Department is Clown Shoes.

  6. David

    With this development, it seems less likely that either Gennett or Hamilton will be dealt or moved or whatever. I hope Senzel recovers completely. Don’t be Devin Mesoraco, redux.

    This is your 2019 Cincinnati Reds.

    • David

      Yes, recovery should be 100%. But doubt about his readiness for 2019 now exists. With his finger healed, he was going to play in a fall or winter league (?), to get ready for Spring Training. Now, the Reds won’t know until Spring Training 2019 if he is 100%, so unlikely anyone gets dealt to “make room” for Senzel.

  7. another bob from nc

    More from the I’m-not-cynical Department: I’m surprised the Front Office didn’t announce this at the start of 2019 spring training.

  8. Jeff Reed

    Suarez and Iglesias are the only trade options for the Reds to get two frontline starting pitchers.

  9. Sabr Chris

    And still nothing about Scooter’s shoulder.

    • David

      Well, it hasn’t fallen off yet. Surgery is unlikely, because if it was recommended, it would have happened right after the season is over.

      Rest, physical therapy, etc may improve the shoulder without surgery. Surgery on shoulders is tricky, and could ruin a professional athlete.

  10. Ghettotrout1

    I hate to say it but I agree with Old School there is no plausible way this team is going to win 90 games next season. You would have to sign Morton, Keuchel and Corbin and then still hope that no one really gets hurt and I just don’t see that happening.

  11. Jeff Reed

    At least it’s his left arm and not his throwing arm.

  12. bouwills

    Me too, but less likely that happens this year. I see Senzel as a viable option @ cf from say June of 2019 through end of July of 2020. By that time Friedl, Siri, or possibly Trammel could take over in cf & Senzel move to 2nd (especially if Scooter chooses FA in 2020). By that time Long, Downs, or even India could be in that 2nd base conversation.

  13. Mason Red

    And the hits just keep coming…

  14. Davy13

    Let me beat a dead drum…Yelich is only 3 games away from a WS. I’ve been a life-long Reds fans (45+ yrs), so I have seen and been with the team during some really down times to championship times. Many opportunities to get very talented players have been missed over the years. it has happened to every team. So I don’t know why the missed opportunity to acquire Yelich still gnaws at me like a dog on a bone, but it does.

    I live in Miami, so I have followed Yelich since his call up to the majors. Now hearing about Senzel injury makes me roll my eyes with frustration, because he is one of those assets that should not be traded for a player like Yelich (a batting champ, a probable NL MVP, and possible WS champ), because of the future. Well, in the near future, Senzel is having elbow surgery and probably will held back in the minors a little longer as Chad believes. Well, what about the present, which is what we have now. Souldn’t we as fans enjoys our team’s success in the present? It is tiring to see the future arrive into the present empty-handed.