The Louisville Bats seemed to break some news this morning when they posted their lineup for the day and it had Nick Senzel batting leadoff and playing third base. The Cincinnati Reds had not yet announced that Senzel would begin a rehab assignment today and as I’m typing this sentence there still hasn’t been an official announcement by the Reds, though it’s clearly happening since he’s in the Louisville lineup today. Louisville’s top four in the order today are all rehabbing Reds with Senzel leading off, Joey Votto starting at first base and hitting second, Wil Myers hitting third and serving as the designated hitter, and Henry Ramos batting cleanup and in right field.
In the week leading up to being placed on the injured list, Nick Senzel was originally in the starting lineup and was scratched with soreness in his knee. The Reds decided to give him a rest to recover, placing him on the 10-day injured list on June 6th. He will be eligible to return on June 15th, but Cincinnati has that day off before returning to the field on Friday the 16th on the road against the Houston Astros.
In 2023 the season got out to a slow start for Senzel. In his first 11 games he hit .139. But in the 34 games since that point in the season he hit .291/.361/.441 with seven doubles, four home runs, 14 walks, and 30 strikeouts in 144 plate appearances.