Nick Senzel may not play again this year. Jeff Piecoro had some bad news from the Cincinnati Reds manager late last night during the Reds broadcast on Fox Sports Oho. David Bell noted before the game that Nick Senzel’s shoulder “is not getting any better” and that “we may not see him again this season”.
Updated: 9/12 at 8:55pm
As it turns out, Nick Senzel is done for the year as reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
#Reds Nick Senzel has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He won’t play the rest of this season.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 13, 2019
A torn labrum usually requires surgery, but sometimes it can be rehabbed without surgery. As of this time we do not know which option Nick Senzel and the Reds will be attempting. What we do know is that the rookie outfielder’s season is officially over at this point.
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Nick Senzel last played four days ago when he pinch ran. He also pinch ran the day before. But his last at-bat came on September 5th. Initially there wasn’t much of a thought that he was injured. He was in the lineup on the 4th, but was a late scratch before the game. He was said to be day-to-day at that point, but that obviously hasn’t turned around as noted above, the shoulder hasn’t really made any progress since then.
After three quality months at the plate for Nick Senzel, August was a month that saw him struggle. He hit just .184 during the month. That carried into the early part of September, too. The slump dinged his overall numbers. Through July 31st he was hitting .285/.346/.475. But if his season were to end today his line on the year would be .256/.315/.427.
For the Reds it seems that they will just continue to mix-and-match who will play in center. Phillip Ervin and Brian O’Grady seem to be the two most likely options. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Reds get crazy and let Michael Lorenzen get a start or two out there as they come down the stretch, either.
Sonny Gray gets closer to 200
On Monday morning I wrote about how Sonny Gray could possibly join Luis Castillo in the 200 strikeout club this season. Castillo got there in his last start and sits on 208 for the season as I type this. Gray entered last night’s start with 181 and four starts remaining on the season if he stayed with a normal schedule. Despite losing his no-hitter and shutout on a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning, Gray struck out 9 batters to push him to 190 on the season with three starts remaining.