Ryan Howard sidelined indefinitely after developing an infection

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Matt Gelb of Philly.com reports that Ryan Howard has suffered a setback.  Specifically, on Monday he underwent a procedure to clean an infection from his original wound, and the healing from that procedure will sideline him from action indefinitely.

We first caught wind of this last week when Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported that Howard had “a little setback.”  At the time, Ruben Amaro said his visit to the doctor on Monday was routine.  Not so routine after all, it seems.

The most distressing thing about all of this is how the story even got out.  I’m led to understand that Amaro has mastered the Jedi mind trick.  When he said “it is but a routine procedure … move along,” why did anyone keep digging? Why did they not, due to Amaro’s irresistible persuasion, go on to something else?  I can only assume that Matt Gelb is a Jedi himself and such sorcery does not work on him.  We must be wary in Master Gelb’s presence.

Anyway, more Ty Wigginton and Jim Thome for us.  So we’re all lucky.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel to undergo season-ending surgery

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Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.

Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.

Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.