If and when the Cincinnati Reds begin play this season, they could be healthier than they might have been if the season had begun on time.
MLB.com reported Monday both Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel are expected to be totally ready to go for the team this summer according to team president of baseball operations Dick Williams.
“Both of them have been making excellent progress. As always with rehab, there are periods of progress and then times to back off. Overall, we believe both have benefited from the extra downtime.
“We are planning on full go for both.”
Suarez, a third baseman who is coming off a career year in which he hit 49 home runs, was recovering from shoulder surgery in January.
He did not appear in a spring training game before baseball operations were suspended in mid-March, but he had been cleared to do so.
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Senzel, the team’s top prospect who made a strong impact in center field last summer, was coming back from a more serious shoulder injury that required surgery to repair a torn labrum in September.
He got 12 at-bats in spring training as a designated hitter but was not quite ready to play the field yet when spring training was suspended along with every other sport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Both could have been ready for the original Opening Day, but they likely would have had some catching up to do with the majority of players who got the full prep time.
With MLB reportedly eyeing a “Spring Training 2.0” in June and the start of real games in early July, Suarez and Senzel should be on equal footing with their teammates.
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