Nick Senzel has been absent in the daily Cincinnati Reds intrasquad scrimmages the past few days. Manager David Bell told the media on Sunday that the outfielder hyperextended his elbow swinging late last week.
“He took a swing, I believe it was Thursday or Friday and he just kind of hyper-extended his left elbow,” said Bell. “It’s kind of a day-to-day situation. He should be back out playing tomorrow (Monday) or the next day (Tuesday). There’s no long term concerns or anything like that. If it was the season, he’d be playing as early as today (Sunday). Initially he was playing the next day, there hasn’t been any real concern. We’ve just played it safe each day.”
It was Thursday that Senzel homered into the upper deck in the scrimmage against Michael Lorenzen. It will be just under two weeks before the Reds kick off the season on Friday, July 24th as they welcome in the Detroit Tigers for opening day. The Tigers will be getting to town a few days early and are set to play two scrimmage games against the Reds on the 21st and 22nd before both take a day off the day before the season is set to begin.
What will the Reds 30-man roster look like?
For the first two weeks of the season, teams around Major League Baseball will get to play with a 30-man roster. That’s going to give everyone a lot of wiggle room on not only who they have in the big leagues, but how many options they get to choose from on both the bench and in the bullpen. David Bell didn’t get into specific names when asked about the potential roster break down this weekend, but he did discuss the strategy behind how the roster could look when it comes to pitchers and position players.
“Even though we have position players that will play every day, and play regardless of who the opposing pitcher is, you can create good match ups – we have the 3-batter minimum rule which creates pinch hitting opportunities,” Bell said. “If you can have more position players, in some ways that can allow you to pull out all the stops and try to win a game. Pitching is obviously very important. We have to make sure we’re covered every day there. I would say it’ll probably be closer to 15-15, 16-14 with 16 position players, 14 pitchers.”
The expectation has been that teams would load up the bullpen early on in the season because most starting pitchers won’t be ready to go out and give you a full starters workload the first couple of weeks due to the short “ramp up” period between when teams were allowed to get back to work and the start of the season.
“If you look at a typical season, you’re never really carrying more than 8 relievers,” said Bell. “Maybe you carry a 9th. You have a shorter season – we feel really good with our starters and where they are with being ready so we might be able to get away with carrying less pitchers and more position players.”
The team seems to be confident in their starting staff as a whole, but even beyond that, it seems that the Reds are feeling good about options in their bullpen that can play “long reliever” if needed. Last week David Bell mentioned situations like that for several of the teams relievers who could get some work in multi-inning appearances if needed.
Updated Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospects
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List was updated for the first time since things were published in November of 2019. While there hasn’t been much baseball played since then by most of the minor leaguers – there were some transactions that took two players out of the organization, a few transactions to brought new players into the organization (the draft helped here, too), and one new addition based on the improvements shown since the start of spring training.