Nick Senzel left the Cincinnati Reds game on Wednesday afternoon after his first at-bat. He singled, but as he got to the bag at first base it was Delino Deshields that called for the trainer. Manager David Bell and trainer Steve Baumann went out to check on Senzel and after a very brief conversation, Senzel left the game.
During the game the Reds announced that he had left the game with “illness”. After the game manager David Bell said something similar, noting that he felt ill but they weren’t aware of it until they were called to the base.
The media was also able to speak with Nick Senzel after the game. Mark Sheldon of Reds.com had this:
“I’m just ill. I don’t feel very good,” Senzel said. “First pitch I swung at, I just got dizzy. I had to take my time and it didn’t get any better.”
Feeling dizzy is no small matter for Senzel, who missed a month last season with Triple-A Louisville because of vertigo, an inner-ear condition that can cause a loss of balance and dizzy spells.
Senzel was asked if he was dealing with a similar problem Wednesday.
“I don’t know,” he replied.
The Reds have Thursday off before returning home to take on the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Cincinnati likely won’t provide an update on an off day, so we probably won’t get any sort of update until Friday.
Tucker Barnhart to begin rehab on Thursday with Louisville
Catcher Tucker Barnhart, who last played just over a month ago. He’s missed that time while dealing with an oblique injury. His rehab stint is supposed to start on Thursday with the Louisville Bats. Alex Wood is slated to start, likely his final rehab start, on Saturday.
With Juan Graterol leaving the game early on Wednesday after taking two straight foul balls to the mask, plans could change for Tucker Barnhart. With the Reds being out of catchers, it would seem, if he’s healthy enough to catch for Louisville and Graterol needs to head to the injured or concussion list, the Reds may not exactly have another choice but to just activate Barnhart for Friday.