We wrote a little bit about it yesterday based on the report in-game from Wednesday night that there was a chance that Nick Senzel may not play again this season. Well, late last night C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reported that not only will Nick Senzel miss the final three weeks of the season, but that he’s got a torn labrum in his shoulder and would be seeking a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. He’s the doctor who performed Tommy John surgery on Reds top prospect Hunter Greene, as well as Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani.
Sometimes a player and a team simply can’t catch a break. And that seems to be the loop that Nick Senzel and the Reds have been the last two years. In 2018 he missed the second half of the season after an injury to his finger while playing in Triple-A. After being sent to the minor leagues near the end of the spring this season, Senzel injured his ankle sliding into a base while playing on the backfields. That cost him about a month before he returned in late April to play for the Louisville Bats. And now he’s going to miss the final month of the season due to injury, too.
There’s a lot to digest here. Let’s start with the second opinion. You always want to get a second opinion on treatment, particularly if one of the options is surgery. Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports that while surgery is an option that “any procedure wouldn’t preclude Senzel from being ready by spring training”, according to Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams. If nothing else that’s some good news to take away from all of this.
Wick Terrell of Red Reporter posed an interesting question last night about whether or not the shoulder injury could possibly mean Nick Senzel moves back in to second base to take it a little easier on his throwing shoulder. It’s a legitimate question, but I’d also ask if there were risk in playing second base versus center field because – at least to me – it seems you are diving more on the dirt than you are in the outfield. I don’t have the slightest clue as to which one would present more of a risk. I certainly did not attend medical school and it’s been a while since I last stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.
For now, it seems that there’s at least a hope that surgery isn’t the only option. As the previously mentioned non-doctor here, rehab along with rest can be an option for tears that are small enough. Surgery is always the last option you want to choose. We’ll find out soon enough whether or not Nick Senzel will need it or not, but it makes tons of sense to at least explore other options of treatment before making that commitment.