Nick Senzel was hitting well through the month of July. The rookie saw a line of .285/.346/.475 next to his name when August began. But he struggled during August, and shortly into September his season would come to an end as he opted for shoulder surgery after having a tear in his labrum. Senzel would later note that his shoulder had been an issue for a while, which is interesting given that at the time it was believed to have only been an issue caused by the collision with the wall in St. Louis at the end of August.
Regardless of the timeline and the length of the injury before deciding on surgery, Nick Senzel did have the surgery. And since the time of the surgery, it’s been stated that the Reds center fielder would be ready for spring training. Senzel, as well as President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams have both noted earlier this offseason that he would be cleared to resume baseball activities in January. If you have a calendar handy, check it – it’s January. And today, Nick Senzel began throwing a baseball for the first time since he had his surgery in September.
Pitchers and catchers officially report in less than one month (February 13th). The position players are scheduled to report a few days later (February 16th). And the first game of the spring will be just a handful of days after that, as the Reds will take on the Indians on Saturday February 22nd. Of course, Senzel is already in Goodyear working on his rehab. It looks like he’s at the Reds facility in the video he posted above.