Danny Hultzen just can’t stay healthy.
Now trying to resurrect his career as a reliever after injuries repeatedly kept the former No. 2 overall pick from living up to his potential with the Mariners, the left-hander had shoulder soreness Saturday.
Mariners manager Scott Servais told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that Hultzen is “in a holding pattern right now” and an unnamed team official described his status as “not good.”
Hultzen ranked among Baseball America’s top 30 prospects in 2012 and 2013, but he’s thrown a grand total of just eight innings since 2014 and has yet to reach the majors at age 26.
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.