Opening Day Now "In Doubt" For Cincinnati Reds Former No. 2 Overall Pick

It's been a hard-luck first four seasons in the major leagues, and now, at a critical juncture of his career, it appears Opening Day is now "in doubt" for Cincinnati Reds center fielder Nick Senzel.

The former No. 2 pick in the June Draft (2016) missed the final two weeks of the 2022 season when he fractured his big left toe in a collision with the wall. He eventually needed surgery to repair it, and spent the offseason getting around on a scooter. He only resumed baseball activity a couple of weeks ago, and hasn't yet hit against live pitching. He also isn't running at 100%.

Manager David Bell now says all this puts Opening Day in doubt for Senzel. “It’s going to be close."

But after another disappointing season in 2022, in which he had a career-worst .601 OPS, and finished with an OPS+ of 64 — 36% below the average hitter — he'll have to earn his spot in the outfield even when he does get healthy.

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