Reds prospect Nick Senzel will undergo surgery on his left elbow to remove bone spurs, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He’ll miss the next four to six weeks, which will keep him out of the Arizona Fall League where he was expected to get some playing time in the outfield.
Senzel, 23, is the Reds’ No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He has played mostly third base throughout his professional career, but played some second base and shortstop this past season and was expected to learn the outfield in preparation for 2019.
Senzel’s 2018 season was interrupted when he tore a tendon in his right index finger early in the summer. He finished having hit .310/.378/.509 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 193 plate appearances.
The Reds will almost certainly call up Senzel in 2019, but the starting jobs in the infield are currently spoken for, which is why the club was hoping to add the outfield to his repertoire.
The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.
However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”
Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.
Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.
Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.
No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.