Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds center fielder, has opted to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. This was stated by Reds manager David Bell before the game this afternoon. This was first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
#Reds OF Nick Senzel will have shoulder surgery this week to repair his torn labrum, David Bell said. no timetable announced yet. Bell said he hopes Senzel is ready for Opening Day
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 21, 2019
The injury reportedly occurred on the final day of August when the Reds were in St. Louis. Nick Senzel made a play against the wall and was dinged up, but stayed in the game. He played the next few days, but his last start came on September 3rd. On the 5th he would make a pinch hitting appearance. He would also pinch run in games on the 6th and the 7th. Senzel was shut down for the year shortly after that as the shoulder didn’t appear to be improving.
It was then that he and the Reds had it looked at more in depth and it was revealed that he had a tear in his labrum. While the Reds were on the west coast trip, Nick Senzel saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion on his shoulder. While there’s not been an official update on what was learned with that consultation, the fact that Senzel has opted for surgery tells us what we need to know. Surgery would seem to have been the recommended option.
When the injury was first announced, Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams noted that even if Nick Senzel required surgery to repair his shoulder that it should not preclude him from being ready by spring training.
There’s a saying about surgery that you don’t really know what’s going on inside until you get in there. And as a non-doctor but someone who has had over 30 surgeries performed on him, I can verify the truthfulness to that. That always leaves open the “no timetable” option. But it is a bit strange that eight days ago Williams noted that surgery wouldn’t keep Nick Senzel from being ready by spring training, and today Bell is saying he hopes he’s ready for Opening Day. Perhaps there’s just too much reading into the quote from Bell, here. But it did stand out when I read it given what we heard from Williams.