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Nick Senzel to undergo elbow surgery, miss four to six weeks


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.

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.