Cincinnati Reds outfielder and perhaps future “plays everywhere” guy Nick Senzel will begin his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Louisville Bats tonight in Iowa. Senzel is recovering from knee surgery after tearing meniscus in late May. During the last two weeks we’ve seen Senzel taking ground balls on the infield, with the Reds also talking about potentially getting him some playing time at shortstop. It seems that the plan could be to have Senzel available as an option in center, at third, at second, and possible even at shortstop depending on how the Reds want to manage their lineup and defense on a given day.
On Thursday we got some updates on some of the other injured players from manager David Bell.
“He’s passing all of the tests. I expect him to be playing games in Triple-A. I don’t know how many it will be – at least a couple. I would say after their off day on Monday if everything keeps moving forward, that would be the plan. I don’t think it would happen before that, but for sure right after their off day.”
Things are essentially still in wait-and-see mode with Nick Castellanos and how his wrist is healing and responding. “One little step at a time. Each day he does more and the next day it’s a little bit more sore, but that’s normal, to be expected. Nothing very new there, just have to be a little patient.”
“(He’s doing) Incredibly well. It’s amazing how fast he’s healed. I think he has a chance to be back way sooner than I expected. That could be a matter of days. There’s a chance by this weekend. He wouldn’t need to pitch in a rehab game. It’s either be activated or throw another bullpen session.”