After suffering a debilitating groin injury in spring training that landed him on the 60 day injured list, Scooter Gennett has begun his rehab assignment with the Red’s Class A affiliate Daytona Tortugas.
Gennett will play 5 days in Daytona before moving up to AAA affiliate Louisville Bats. Scooter’s time in Louisville will last as long as he needs until he feels ready to return to Cincinnati. So, his return to the Reds is still TBD, but this is a major step to recovery and monumental news for a sub .500 team that could desperately use a spark.
Manager David Bell told ESPN, “We all know he’s going to play. He’s been a big part of our offense the last few years. There’s no reason that would change. There may be some limitations at the beginning, to make sure he’s healthy and all that.” Bell surprisingly has the right idea.
In his Class A debut for Daytona, Gennett had a very mediocre showing. He went 0-1 with a walk in his two plate appearances while also leaving 2 runners on base. Scooter was pulled after his second at bat.
Not the Scooter we have all come to know and love, but understandable after a severe injury. It is going to take a second for him to get back on his feet. While the Reds do need a change of pace in their stagnant lineup, Scooter needs to take his time getting back. Returning to Cincinnati too soon could irritate the injury again and force the cycle to start all over.
Last season, Scooter Gennett hit .310 including 23 HR’s, 181 Hits and 92 RBI’s. Falling just short of Christian Yellich for the batting title.
Best of luck in your recovery, Scooter.