Eugenio Suarez is set to rejoin the Cincinnati Reds lineup on Friday as the designated hitter according to David Bell, as first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
David Bell says Eugenio Suárez is scheduled to DH in Friday’s game. It’s possible he could play Thursday with his shoulder feeling good. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) March 9, 2020
The Reds third baseman hasn’t played yet this spring after recovering from shoulder surgery after he injured himself in a swimming pool. Cincinnati has been hopeful since the surgery that Suarez would be ready for Opening Day on March 26th – but until earlier today they haven’t even put a date on when he would start seeing any time in action. We did see him facing live pitching in the batting cage the other day.
Much like Nick Senzel, Suarez will see time at the plate before he begins to see action in the field. The surgery for Suarez was not as serious as the one for Senzel, with there being less damage and thus a quicker expected turn around time in his recovery. For the Reds, there would be just under two weeks of time between Friday and Opening Day to get Suarez ready to go. We’ve seen him use his seemingly super-healing powers before – recovering from a broken thumb in less than two weeks – so nothing seems impossible when it comes to the single season home run record holder for players born in Venezuela.
In a division like the National League Central, where it appears that any one of four teams has a legitimate chance to win the division, even missing two weeks of Eugenio Suarez could make the difference. Obviously you don’t want to put him in the lineup if he’s not ready – but if he were to somehow use those previously mentioned super-healing abilities, it would be a big things for Cincinnati to have him hitting in the middle of the lineup with new additions right fielder Nick Castellanos and second baseman Mike Moustakas.