The Cincinnati Reds are experiencing a strange set of circumstances in Colorado during the current series against the Rockies. On Thursday night Nick Senzel was injured in the outfield attempting to make a catch at the wall and left the game with a heel contusion. He was out of the lineup on Friday night. During the game on Friday infielder Mike Moustakas suffered the same injury and left the game – though he appeared to injure his on a play at first base.
“He did come out of the game with a heel contusion,” said manager David Bell after the game. “I don’t know if he got stepped on or if he jammed it into the base trying to beat that play out. He did have it examined after the game. Everything was negative on the x-rays. We’ll have to see how it is tomorrow.”
After the game manager David Bell also had an update on Nick Senzel
“He made real good strides today from his heel contusion. I don’t know if he’ll start tomorrow, but he will be available off of the bench.”
Cincinnati is already playing with a short roster with left-handed reliever Amir Garrett still serving a 5-game suspension for “inciting a benched clearing incident” in the worst suspension we’ve ever seen from Major League Baseball. It does sound like Senzel should at least be available in some form on Saturday night. We don’t really know how Moustakas is going to feel tomorrow or if he’s likely to be available – only that the good news is that it doesn’t appear anything is broken in his heel. If he’s not available, though, the bench just got a lot shorter for a team that was already short-handed. That’s never good when you’re playing in Coors Field where you can eat through a roster rather quickly.