Well, this is just wonderful. Nick Senzel, the Reds’ top prospect who they refused to promote to the majors last April, now needs surgery on his elbow (after missing the end of the season with a broken finger). Details from the Enquirer:
Senzel told the Enquirer that he needs surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow, which will sideline him for six-to-eight weeks. He expects to be 100 percent healthy by Spring Training but was disappointed that it would cost him additional playing time in the fall.
“I have two bone spurs in my left elbow, so I have to get a scope surgery done to clean it out,” Senzel said. “I think it’s six weeks, so I’m down another six weeks here soon, which is another kind of crappy thing.”
It’s a simple procedure, and there’s no reason to believe that Senzel won’t be ready for spring training. But it will serve as yet another excuse for the Reds to refuse to call him to the majors until September of 2022. (No, I’m not cynical. Why do you ask?)
The surgery also may be enough to prevent the Reds from being able to include Senzel in any off-season trades. I’m not advocating a trade of Senzel, but he’s a significant asset that could be moved in the right deal. Now the Reds, potentially, have one fewer asset in their arsenal of trade possibilities, at least for this winter.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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