Senzel makes impressive grab, exits early

Bell expresses optimism that OF could return over weekend

April 2nd, 2021

CINCINNATI -- With his team trailing the Cardinals by a sizable margin, Reds center fielder Nick Senzel made a nice diving catch in the top of the fourth inning. But the play was costly as Senzel exited Cincinnati's 11-6 loss because of a left shoulder injury.

Cincinnati trailed 9-3 when Nolan Arenado hit a tailing line drive to left-center field in the fourth. Senzel made a run to his left and dove for the ball to make the catch, but he rolled over hard on the grass. He came up appearing to be hurt, but he stayed in the game through a pitching change that removed Luis Castillo.

Tyler Naquin eventually pinch-hit for Senzel in the bottom of the inning and remained in the game to play center field before eventually being lifted for pinch-hitter Aristides Aquino.

“It was significant enough to come out of the game, but we probably won’t have the full knowledge of what to expect until tomorrow,” Reds manager David Bell said of Senzel's injury. “I do think, indications right now, he’s going to be OK. We’ll just have to see how many days it will be. Hopefully we’ll have him back this weekend.”

An array of injuries has played a large part in keeping Senzel off of the field since his big league debut in 2019. The most significant was a torn labrum in his right shoulder that forced him to miss the final 23 games of his rookie season. Senzel also spent 27 games on the injured list last year.