MILWAUKEE –- Reds rookie center fielder Nick Senzel exited Friday’s 11-7 win over the Brewers in the middle of the fourth inning because of a headache. As a precaution, manager David Bell kept Senzel out of Saturday’s starting lineup.
“It was just a migraine,” Senzel said after the game.
On Saturday, Senzel was on the field to warm up, and the Reds were satisfied that it wasn’t a serious issue.
“He looked good. I just checked in with him, and he said he feels better,” Bell said on Saturday afternoon. “He’s going to get something to eat, they are going to run him through some [drills] to make sure everything feels good, but he felt a lot better.
“Not having him in the lineup, the thought there was just to play it safe because it was a headache, but it kind of popped up. We just wanted to make sure today.”
Senzel missed a month last season with Triple-A Louisville because of vertigo. That did not appear to be the issue on Friday.
“I asked that a few times,” Bell said. “There were no indications or concerns about that. There’s no reason to believe it had anything to do with that. I think it’s a good sign today he’s feeling good, too.”
Senzel hit a leadoff home run in the top of the fourth inning against Chase Anderson to give Cincinnati a 6-1 lead. But he already wasn’t feeling well. When did the headache start?
“Just after I slid into second base,” said Senzel, who also had an infield single in the second inning and stole second base. The throw from catcher Manny Pina hit him in the leg, however.
Wood throws to hitters
For the second time this week, Reds left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood faced Reds hitters in live batting practice. Wood threw 42 pitches over the equivalent of two innings on Saturday while facing teammates Kyle Farmer and Phillip Ervin.
Wood, who has been on the 60-day injured list all season because of lower back spasms, was expected to begin a rehab assignment if all went well Saturday.
“Good luck in Billings,” catcher Tucker Barnhart joked as Wood left the field.
Bell doesn’t take Iglesias for granted
Amid all of the runs scored during Friday’s win, one defensive play by shortstop Jose Iglesias did not go unnoticed. With one out and a runner on first base in the sixth inning, reliever David Hernandez induced a hot grounder near the middle from Hernan Perez. Iglesias picked the ball on one hop, spun and threw to second base to begin a double play.
It’s just one of many slick plays Iglesias has made in his first season with Cincinnati.
“These aren’t just normal plays. He’s a playmaker,” Bell said. “He’s looking to make plays all the time. We’ve got to be careful because we start to forget just how good some of those plays are. I’ve had to catch myself because he makes them look routine and they’re not, not even close.”
Friday’s four-hour, eight-minute game was the Reds’ longest nine-inning game since May 1, 1909, at St. Louis, according to Baseball-Reference. That game also lasted 4:08 and was won by Cincinnati, 8-7.
“I never look at the clock or anything like that but at some point, I realized I didn’t feel quite right. I realized, ‘Wow, this has been a really long game.’ I think both teams were feeling it by the end of the game,” Bell said. “It’s a good that [Saturday] is a 3 o’clock game instead of 1 o’clock. Everyone could get more rest.”