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Senzel ramps up activity in vertigo rehab

Suarez scratched from Wednesday's lineup with sore ankle
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds top prospect Nick Senzel's treatment for vertigo has gone well enough lately that the infielder has been able to resume baseball activity. Senzel is headed to the team's player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz.

"There's been improvement, enough to go to Arizona and keep progressing," Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. "He'll do a little more baseball activity -- ground balls, running and eventually get into some games."

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds top prospect Nick Senzel's treatment for vertigo has gone well enough lately that the infielder has been able to resume baseball activity. Senzel is headed to the team's player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz.

"There's been improvement, enough to go to Arizona and keep progressing," Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. "He'll do a little more baseball activity -- ground balls, running and eventually get into some games."

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Senzel, who is ranked as the organization's No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 6 overall, was placed on Triple-A Louisville's 7-day disabled list on May 9. The 22-year-old hasn't played since May 3, when he made one plate appearance before he was removed from the game feeling dizzy.

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The second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Senzel is batting .271/.351/.459 in 22 games with three home runs and seven RBIs for Louisville this season while playing second base and third base.

Near the end of last season with Double-A Pensacola, Senzel also missed games with vertigo, a condition that causes loss of balance and dizzy spells.

When Senzel does start playing games, it will be in Arizona with players at extended spring camp.

"He'll start there because those games are more controlled," Williams said. "After he does that, then he can go back to Louisville."

Suarez scratched with sore ankle

On the original Reds lineup for Wednesday, third baseman Eugenio Suarez was listed on interim manager Jim Riggleman's card. But around three hours before first pitch, Suarez was scratched with a sore right ankle. Alex Blandino started at third base vs. the Giants.

During the first inning of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to San Francisco, Suarez jammed his ankle into second base as he tried to go back while running on a Scooter Gennett single. He was looked over by the trainer, was able to stay in the game and hit a two-run home run in the third inning.

Video: CIN@SF: Suarez smashes a 2-run homer in the 3rd

"When we got out there, he was having a hard time getting to be pain free for a couple of minutes. He turned it pretty good," Riggleman said.

Worth noting

Lefty pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who was demoted to Louisville on Friday to make room in the rotation for Matt Harvey, was scheduled to start on Wednesday night at Durham. After he was optioned, Finnegan took the full three days allowed by the rules to report to Louisville.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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