Nick Senzel returned to the lineup for the Louisville Bats today. He was 0-4 in the game, but did hit a couple of balls hard and looked good in the field. I talked to him after the game.
On returning: “I was excited just getting in last night and knowing I was gonna be in the lineup. It was like Opening Night for me.”
Any rust? “I felt like there could have been some little timing issues, but I played a couple of games in Arizona. I was happy with my at-bats tonight.”
What is his vertigo experience like? “It comes and goes. It’s hard to explain. The side effects are real weird. You just don’t feel very good, something’s off. I knew it, probably waited a little too long to say something. You know, it’s the second time in nine months, ten months. I finally had to say something and get it taken care of. It’s tough because I knew it would set me back a little bit.”
Will it recur? “I feel a lot better this time because we did a number of tests. I did some therapy for it. I’m still doing therapy for it every day. I feel a lot better about where I’m at than last time. I think the plan in place this time [will] help it not come back in the future… The main goal was to get a treatment plan in place and how can we help this if it does come back in the future, because there’s no guarantees. It could, it could not.”
I would describe his tone to be optimistic and certainly happy to be back on the field. He also seemed clear in his feelings that they’ve done a better job figuring out how to control/treat it should it recur again, which is good to hear
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