Sonny Gray threw against live hitters on Tuesday in Goodyear. He hadn’t done that yet this spring as he battles back from some elbow discomfort. Things went well against a few of the minor league hitters that he faced. And now he’ll be returning to the mound to throw a side session tomorrow, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Getting Sonny Gray into games soon would be ideal. There’s only so much time to get a guy stretched out for the start of the season. Assuming there’s not a rain out that messes up the schedule, the Cincinnati Reds wouldn’t need a 5th starter until April 6th. That’s a month from today. That should be enough time, with no set backs of course, to make things work. But much longer and it could mean starting the season with someone else in that final spot – even if just for a spot start.

Nick Senzel dealing with hamstring tightness

Nick Senzel won’t be playing under the lights in Goodyear as the Reds host the San Diego Padres. The outfielder/top prospect in the organization is dealing with a tight hamstring according to manager David Bell, reported by Mark Sheldon of

With the note that he could be back for the game tomorrow, this doesn’t seem like much to worry about. But it’s worth reporting on as there will certainly be those asking why he’s not playing in the lineup for a night game after that was said to be something they wanted to get him more experience with.

14 Responses

  1. Matt Hendley

    So the #1 starter ready to go. A lesson learned on qhy we dont impulse trade everyone either w senzel

  2. doofus

    I saw the video of Sonny Gray’s session against live hitters on Tuesday. Nick Senzel was one of them.

    • $$

      Is this online somewhere? How did you see it?

  3. Peter B

    I’m beginning to wonder if Senzel can hold up. This kid has the tools but his history of injuries isn’t encouraging: vertigo, finger and now the hammy. Hope we see him back on the diamond, sooner than layer.

    I’m also old enough to remember Nick Esasky and how his struggles with vertigo short circuited a promising career.

    • Reaganspad

      I have it on good information that he once had athletes foot and may or may not have had his wisdom teeth pulled.

      • Pete B

        Touché. As long as he has one good kidney we should be okay.

    • Matthew

      A tight hamstring is not an injury. It will develop into one if he doesn’t heed his body’s signals to take it easy for a day or two.

  4. Tom

    So, sadly, it would be ideal for the Reds for Senzel to begin the year on the DL with something relatively minor. He would miss the first two weeks, not have the service time issue, and it wouldn’t be the Reds Front Office’s fault. I’m not saying I want that to happen – only that if it did play out that way, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to ever happen.

    • VaRedsFan

      How about if the Front Office didn’t worry about what people thought about service time, and did what’s best for the team long term? Send Senzel to the minors for 2 weeks (hopefully healthy), so he can play some fulltime CF, and get some experience in night games at the position.

    • Studog

      DL counts as time of service I believe… I believe if injured just assign to minor leagues then no service time

      • Matt Hendley

        Cannot knowingly reassign plays who are injured to the minors.

      • BK

        Senzel is not on the 40-man roster; he’s already on the minor league roster and in camp by invitation. So, if he went on the DL, it would be the minor league DL and not count for service time. That said, he looked pretty healthy last night.

      • matthew hendley

        Are we sure, I thought he was placed on it last year. If you are correct, and I am not saying your not, then yes it would be a MiLB IL visit. Not accruing time. A moot point if he played as well as claimed last night.