Updated at 11:30am on March 26th
Nick Senzel will be in a walking boot for the next 1-2 weeks, according to the Cincinnati Reds. There is no timetable for his return to the field at this point according to Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
While the Cincinnati Reds were playing in Atlanta against the Braves in what Tommy Thrall described as “interleague spring training” on the radio broadcast since the Reds play in the Cactus League, while the Braves play in the Grapefruit League – Nick Senzel remained in Arizona despite the Reds taking nearly the entire Triple-A team to Atlanta with them. And while in Arizona, Senzel injured his ankle playing in a minor league game.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic reported late on Sunday night that the X-ray was negative, but that there was an MRI scheduled for Monday.
Per source: X-ray negative. MRI tomorrow. https://t.co/GX5RdZwAMT
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 26, 2019
There’s a whole lot to unwrap here. First is that Nick Senzel can’t catch a break. He didn’t get injured at all from his freshman year in college through his second year of professional baseball. Since then it seems everything that could happen, has. We will have to wait and see what the MRI results are, but the fact that they are getting an MRI after an X-ray probably isn’t the best of signs. Better safe than sorry, of course – but that doesn’t sound like something you do for a guy who simply rolled an ankle a little bit.
The big question I have to ask is why wasn’t Nick Senzel in Atlanta? Yes, he could have also been injured in that game, too. But the odds weren’t likely. The Reds seemed to take a whole lot of guys with them to Atlanta, why not Senzel?
And that doesn’t even get to the question of why wasn’t he on the 25-man roster anyways? He was groomed last year to play second base. The Reds just lost their starting second baseman for 2-3 months. This is exactly why you kept Senzel instead of trading him for Corey Kluber, isn’t it? So if and when you had a spot open for him to play, you put him in there to play? That was right then.
Instead the Reds are going with Jose Iglesias. And there’s nothing at all wrong with Jose Iglesias. He’s a big leaguer. But I can’t imagine anyone that’s being honest about it thinks he’s a better option than Nick Senzel is to slide into the lineup (granted Senzel would go to second with Peraza at short – but you get the point).
The Cincinnati Reds have done a lot of good things since the 2018 season ended. The roster is infinitely better. And the coaching staff seems to be doing and saying really good things. But it seems that when it comes to Nick Senzel, there have been mixed signals and questionable decisions made since spring training began.