Good news from Goodyear reported less than an hour ago:
David Bell says the latest updates on Eugenio Suárez are encouraging and it’s realistic that he could be ready to play on Opening Day. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) February 13, 2020
This is the first update on Eugenio Suarez’s progress since the Reds announced at the end of January that their third baseman had undergone shoulder surgery. Even before this welcome report, the Reds had put the timeline for Suarez returning as early in the season.
Suarez’ shoulder injury and surgery was much less serious than the torn labrum repair center fielder Nick Senzel went through in the fall. If you recall, Senzel was held out of any baseball activities for four months. He’s now recovering — nicely by all accounts — in Goodyear. Even at the time the news broke a couple weeks ago about Suarez, Senzel was, and still is, the larger concern, in terms of timing and power returning to his swing.
Both Senzel and Suarez should be healthy and operational by Opening Day.
This isn’t Suarez’s first time with an early-season injury.
When Suarez broke his thumb at the start of the 2018 season (damn you Clint Hurdle) the replacement was Gossington. People speculated Suarez would miss 6-8 weeks. He missed 2.5. Fast healer?
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) January 28, 2020
The Reds are much better positioned now to deal with Suarez’s absence. The offseason signing of free agent Mike Moustakas and the outfield depth to slide Senzel to the infield gives them decent options if necessary.
Still, the positive report from David Bell this morning means if Eugenio Suarez doesn’t suffer a setback, the Reds have a good chance to avoid early season position shuffling. Plus, with hopes high for the 2020 season, it would be great to see Suarez in the lineup on Opening Day.
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