Nick Senzel homered in the top of the 4th inning, extending the Cincinnati Reds lead to 6-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers. But when the bottom of the 4th inning began it was Phillip Ervin heading out to center field and not Nick Senzel. And for the next hour plus the Reds had not provided an update. Social media did what it did best – freaked out. But eventually the news came out that he simply had a headache and wasn’t feeling well.

After the game it was addressed by both manger David Bell, and Nick Senzel himself. Bell noted that Senzel was already feeling better. For his part, Senzel noted to the media in Milwaukee that even before his home run in the 4th inning he wasn’t feeling great.

It wasn’t quite Michael Jordan with the flu, but he did go 2-3 on the night with a homer before exiting the game. That helped push his line on the season to .273/.333/.500 on the season with 11 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 home runs in 42 games. For those keeping track at home, that’s 1 extra-base hit every other game played. That’s pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Curt Casali, Tucker Barnhart to split catching duties more evenly

It was just two days ago that Redleg Nation’s own Ashley Davis wrote about the Cincinnati Reds catching dilemma between Curt Casali and Tucker Barnhart. With Barnhart struggling to hit this season, and Casali hitting fairly well, and absolutely crushing right-handed pitching, the question was fair to be asked if the Reds should be getting more playing time for Casali.

Well, it seems that David Bell reads Redleg Nation, or maybe Ashley Davis has an inside-track to David Bell, but Mark Sheldon reported on Friday evening that Curt Casali and Tucker Barnhart would be splitting the catching duties more moving forward than they had to this point in the season.

“I’ve talked to both guys,” Bell said. “The way I see it, I don’t know how the split is going to turn out. It may still be Tucker ends up getting 60-40, 70-30 or maybe at times it is closer to 50-50. The point I made is we want them to be the best catching corps there is in the game. Between the two of them, we want them to be as great as they can be combined.

The exact plan isn’t laid out and feels like there may be some “play it by feel” going forward. But Curt Casali is going to start seeing more time behind the plate. Of course, with catchers, you can’t always just play them on a set situation. Day games after night games usually means the night game starter is getting a day off for the day game. That scenario takes away a straight platoon situation. And it takes away “personal catchers”, usually, too.

18 Responses

  1. Jreis

    Hey Doug I understand HIPAA but as an invested reds fan I sure would like to know more about Senzels medical condition. What was the cause of his vertigo in the minors? Did he have MRI and cat scans and lumbar punctures? Did they ever come up with a final diagnosis.

    I feel if it was a knee injury we would have all the details but because it is a medical issue it is protected information. Anyway thanks for the update.

    • RojoBenjy

      Listen to the Jim Day podcast Senzel interview and all will come to light.

    • Doug Gray

      For the record, a knee injury is protected by the same HIPAA laws that vertigo or any other medical issue would be.

      • Mark Moore

        It’s all protected … period. Only an individual him/herself can give consent to release anything.

  2. Seat101

    I did a little research to see if there is a history of complaints about headaches from the lighting at Miller Park in Milwaukee. None that I could find.

    Going with occam‘s razor – it looks like Nick was smart enough to tell the manager he wasn’t feeling well rather than trying to “play through it.“ Another reason to like the kid.

    On another note, on Friday I predicted a brawl by Sunday

    I would much prefer a sweep.

    • RojoBenjy

      Let’s have both! Just kidding.


      Pie-rats in last place? Priceless.

      • Colt Holt

        More importantly, Red Legs are 3 games out of the wild card and 4.5 out of the division.

      • Colorado Red

        Would love to give all my Rockies fan friends crap, if the Reds can pass them.
        Looking forward to seeing the Reds on July 13th.
        GO REDS

      • Jim Walker

        I suspect if the Reds are in a sweeping position on Sunday, we may well see both.

        However, it looks like this umpiring crew will probably try to be more proactive upfront than some of the ones we’ve seen with the Reds and Pirates scrumming.

    • doofus

      If a brawl, I hope our announcers go to the Brewers booth and swap knuckles with those clowns. Bill Schroeder and the rest are horrible.

  3. matt hendley

    Good to hear that senzel is doing better. We will see for sure when lineups for Sat Games are posted.

  4. doofus

    Sir Joey needs to sit more often. We are witness to the beginning of the end of his hitting prowess. He hurts the top of the line up.

    • Doug Gray

      In the last month he’s hitting .326/.394/.467….. weird time to make a “he’s hurting the lineup” post.

  5. RedsMonk65

    Speaking of aches and pains, I’ve lost track of both Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed. Does anyone know their status? Seems like I haven’t seen either one of them for a very long time.

    • TomN

      Especially Stephenson. I thought he’d been effective the last few times out. I’m looking for him on milk cartons now. Reed? I presume, still getting over the injury. What was it? hyperextended knee?

  6. redfan4life

    Senzel not in lineup today. Not a surprise. Cause for concern if he is not playing Sunday.