Nick Senzel may not play again this year. Jeff Piecoro had some bad news from the Cincinnati Reds manager late last night during the Reds broadcast on Fox Sports Oho. David Bell noted before the game that Nick Senzel’s shoulder “is not getting any better” and that “we may not see him again this season”.

Updated: 9/12 at 8:55pm

As it turns out, Nick Senzel is done for the year as reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

A torn labrum usually requires surgery, but sometimes it can be rehabbed without surgery. As of this time we do not know which option Nick Senzel and the Reds will be attempting. What we do know is that the rookie outfielder’s season is officially over at this point.

Original article below

Nick Senzel last played four days ago when he pinch ran. He also pinch ran the day before. But his last at-bat came on September 5th. Initially there wasn’t much of a thought that he was injured. He was in the lineup on the 4th, but was a late scratch before the game. He was said to be day-to-day at that point, but that obviously hasn’t turned around as noted above, the shoulder hasn’t really made any progress since then.

After three quality months at the plate for Nick Senzel, August was a month that saw him struggle. He hit just .184 during the month. That carried into the early part of September, too. The slump dinged his overall numbers. Through July 31st he was hitting .285/.346/.475. But if his season were to end today his line on the year would be .256/.315/.427.

For the Reds it seems that they will just continue to mix-and-match who will play in center. Phillip Ervin and Brian O’Grady seem to be the two most likely options. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Reds get crazy and let Michael Lorenzen get a start or two out there as they come down the stretch, either.

Sonny Gray gets closer to 200

On Monday morning I wrote about how Sonny Gray could possibly join Luis Castillo in the 200 strikeout club this season. Castillo got there in his last start and sits on 208 for the season as I type this. Gray entered last night’s start with 181 and four starts remaining on the season if he stayed with a normal schedule. Despite losing his no-hitter and shutout on a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning, Gray struck out 9 batters to push him to 190 on the season with three starts remaining.

20 Responses

  1. Mason Red

    Well there goes that 4th place finish I was dreaming of.

  2. Tv

    Ya lets let a no name guy play over real prospects

  3. Chris Holbert

    I was a fan of putting Senzel in CF and letting him go. He seemed to adjust fine, but he has had occasion to be injured in the minors. Since he is definitely not going anywhere, they should really decide how to keep him on the field. If he is 110% percent all the time, CF may be a little treacherous, maybe he should be looked at somewhere in the IF and find someone to play CF.

  4. RedNat

    with Winker and Senzel out this is Peraza and Ervin’s time to shine. I still have not given up on them ( and I am not sure why really ?). With Peraza his best ability is availability and I love his attitude and willingness to play different positions. Ervin has the potential but the consistency is something I hope he can develop

  5. jbonireland

    Playing Lorenzen in CF is, in my opinion, is only asking for injuries to happen. While we all wet ourselves every time He hits a HR, he is perhaps one of our most valuable relief pitchers now and in the future. If you want to make Lorenzen the starting CF next year then start it in spring training. I would however sit him down and tell him he can compete for the closers role now and for next year.

  6. TR

    Get Senzel injury-free and put him at second base in 2020. Backed up by Van Meter, he’ll flourish. Centerfield is a big question mark for the FO.

    • Dead Red(s)

      Senzel..injury free… that’s a good one. If it isn’t vertigo it’s a finger. If it isn’t a finger it’s a hamstring. Not the hammy, the shoulder. And if his body is fine, it’s the pollen and allergies.
      He may be more injury prone than Winker, and that is saying something.

      • TR

        I’m glad you enjoyed that and a laugh.

  7. Bill J

    My concern is still Senzel’s & Winker’s physical injuries and JV back and age. Does anyone know how many game these 3 have missed in the last 3 years because of physical problems?

  8. Scott C

    I forget which shoulder it was, but if it was not his throwing shoulder it may not be bad. Remember Jesse came back from shoulder surgery this year and his power and hitting seemed ok, minus a dismal first week or so.

  9. DrDanPT

    I’m a PT and those are 2 completely different things. Hip impingement generally is the labrum or an issue with the femoral head. The shoulder is just likely a subacromial impingement in case you want to read up on it a little bit. It is typically inflammation that causes that. He will likely not need surgery unless there’s a tear somewhere in the rotator cuff.

  10. george

    I will usually stay at an InterContinental 🙂 so my question is what do the X-rays, CAT scans, or MRI scans show? Is this the thinking of Reds medical staff or professional Doctors??

  11. JB

    Good Lord you just made me feel old. Most people on here have no idea who clank is. Good one Seat.

  12. Erik the Red

    We need him completely healthy in 2020 and beyond to have any chance of improving this franchise.

  13. citzen54

    I agree. They should give Winker more chances to hit against lefties. He has had a mere 50 PAs against lefties this year with a 27 wRC+. Last year he had a 95 wRC+ against lefties in 57 PAs. If the Reds are going to make any meaningful progress they need to give their young players a chance to develop.

  14. D

    The difference between Senzel and Winkler injuries is speed ,when you drive fast the damage is moderate to severe.The only way for the elite Winkler to get hurt is breaking a finger or wrist throwing his helmet or bat down after hitting into shift for umpteenth time.What little difference you folks believe his elite hitting is,is made up by amount of coverage by Senzel,and his ability to score if they do get on.

  15. Erik the Red

    I thought the same thing in that his throwing arm shoulder injury may now limit his future positions to LF, 2nd or 1st.

  16. Lockersocks79

    I’m not a doctor either, but I usually stay at a Hampton Inn. While there I usually google random wiki pages and take full advantage of the free breakfast buffets! I haven’t looked up a wiki of Senzel’s current injury but I have followed the Reds closely and all I can say is:

    -Drop Bell and hire Barry Larkin. Bells choices lost a number of games by himself.

    -Trade Bauer this off season for a bullpen arm or what ever. Then go all in on Garrett Cole. Cole doesn’t like Bauer; we currently have $40 plus to spend this off season and that would be a huge gain.

  17. D

    Sorry Mr Doofus ,I’m of northern Appalachia’s,but it was shortened baseball comparison lingo ,but you would probably need to understand a little more about baseball defense,and base running to fully understand it,I guess?

  18. Mason Red

    I will have to check the full analytics to see if analysis paralysis is appropriate in the description of stats running amuck. After all there is a stat somewhere that will prove anything and everything.