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Reds call up Nick Senzel

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It’s official: the Cincinnati Reds have called up top prospect Nick Senzel. He’ll presumably be in tonight’s lineup against the Giants in Cincinnati.

Senzel, 23, got a late start to the season due to a late spring training ankle injury, but he’s back now and is hitting .257/.316/.371 through eight games with Triple-A Louisville. Last year he hit .310/.378/.509 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 193 plate appearances.

He was probably ready to break camp with the Reds but they reassigned him to the minors — before the ankle injury — in a move his agent called an “egregious case of service time manipulation.” There was at least a plausible reason to send Senzel down given that Scott Schebler outperformed him in spring training, earning the only available outfield spot on the big club. If the Reds wanted to both reward Schebler and keep Senzel playing every day, sending Senzel to Louisville was the only real option.

Schebler has been terrible for the Reds so far this season, however, hitting a woeful .127/.258/.228 in 93 plate appearances. Given that, given that the Reds offense has been bad overall, and given that the Reds are in last place, already seven games out of the division lead, there is no reason not to put a guy who is likely to be a part of the next good Reds team in the lineup every day and let him make all the mistakes he’s gonna make now rather than later. And, of course, to give the team better production than they’re getting.

Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. climbs wall to rob Luis Urías of homer

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. scaled the center field fence to rob Padres shortstop Luis Urías of a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. Urías was trying to take advantage of a 0-1 slider from Ryan Brasier. Had Bradley not made the grab, the Padres’ lead would have been extended to 4-1.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they weren’t able to take advantage of Bradley’s effort, dropping Sunday’s contest 3-1. They still won the series against the Padres, however. The Sox will continue their road trip for two games against the Rockies followed by three versus the Angels.