The 2018 season has been a frustrating one for Nick Senzel. While he has put up fantastic numbers at the plate in only his third professional season, this time with the Louisville Bats, he has been dealt another blow that will put him on the sideline for the rest of the season. We were all awaiting news today when it was announced that Senzel left his game early last night with an injury. The full extent of the injury was released today, and it is unfortunate:
Top prospect IF Nick Senzel on Tuesday will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger...he suffered the injury last night...in 44 apps for Louisville Senzel hit .310 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 6 HR, 25 RBI and 8 stolen bases.— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) June 23, 2018
This is not the first time that Senzel has been sidelined this season. He missed most of the month of May after dealing with another bout of vertigo, which was the same issue that ended his 2017 season. When he returned from the disabled list, he came back with a vengeance. He hit .287/.434/.613 for the Bats in the month of June and smacked 2 dingers on Thursday night. Even though he has to be frustrated with the timing of everything, the good news for him is that this should be a fairly quick recovery and he should easily be ready for Spring Training in 2019. He could also be a candidate for the Arizona Fall League, if the Reds feel that he is ready to head there in the off-season.
It will be interesting to see where the Reds go from here with their middle-infielder situation. While this temporarily puts to bed the “When should the Reds’ call up Nick Senzel?” debate, they still have former Top-100 prospect Dilson Herrera mashing in Louisville and playing defense all over the diamond, along with Scooter Gennett still hitting well with the Major League club. Get well soon, Nick.