The Cincinnati Reds have activated outfielder Nick Senzel for today’s double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The announcement, however, is a bit strange in that the move has been announced as Senzel being selected as the 29th player for today’s double header.
The #Reds today returned from the injured list and selected as the 29th player for today's doubleheader CF Nick Senzel.
Additionally, RHP Tyler Thornburg (right elbow sprain) was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day injured list. pic.twitter.com/wL2addwXtU
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 14, 2020
Today marks the one month point since Nick Senzel last played in a game for the Cincinnati Reds – also against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The center fielder has been out ever since on the unspecified injured list. He joined the alternate site to begin working his way back to the field on September 1st – so he’s got two weeks under his belt at Prasco Park.
During the pre-game zoom call with the media yesterday, manager David Bell noted that Nick Senzel could return as early as today for one of the games of the double header. That sounds like it’s unlikely that he’s going to be starting both ends of the double header, but I would expect him to start at least one of the games and perhaps be used off of the bench in the other if the opportunity presents itself.
The news is less good for right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg. Last Thursday night, Thornburg exited the game after injuring his elbow. The next day he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow sprain. To quote Will Carroll, a sprain is a tear. Something torn in your elbow is never good. As we wrote on Friday, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will require Tommy John surgery – depending on how bad the tear is, rehab could be an option that could work. We don’t know which option Thornburg will be taking at this point.
We do know that he is going to miss the rest of the season, though. The Reds placed him on the 45-day injured list today, which is long enough that even if he were to be ready to return at the end of that stretch – the season would be over anyways.