Nick Senzel, the Cincinnati Reds top prospect and #2 overall draft pick in 2016 will miss the rest of the 2017 season. He has been dealing with an illness that has kept him out of the lineup since August 25th for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

After singling on August 24th in the first inning, Nick Senzel was removed from the game when the second inning. The trainer had checked him out in that game after he reached first base, but Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported later that same evening that he was not removed from the game due to injury. I also spoke with the Reds who told me the same thing.

Speaking with a source earlier today, I’ve been told that Nick Senzel will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He’s been dealing with positional vertigo. Before getting into what that is exactly, I’ve been told that he will be fine. With that said, searching google for positional vertigo gives me this description:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is triggered by certain changes in head position, such as tipping the head up or down. It’s rarely serious unless it increases the risk of falling.

People can experience dizziness, a spinning sensation (vertigo), lightheadedness, unsteadiness, loss of balance, and nausea.

The timeline is also listed as several days to a few weeks before it clears up. There are some treatments that can be performed, but as a non-doctor I’ll just suggest you google things if you’re interested in more information.

Looking back at Nick Senzel’s 2017 season

Despite the early end to the season for Nick Senzel, he performed about as well as could possibly be expected. In 62 games with the Daytona Tortugas the third baseman hit .305/.371/.476. The pitcher friendly Florida State League usually hampers offensive production, but it didn’t seem to hold Senzel back too much.

Perhaps the league did, though. Promoted to Double-A at midseason Nick Senzel went on to hit .340/.413/.560 for the Blue Wahoos in 57 games. Between his two stops he would hit .321/.391/.514 with 40 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. He would also steal 14 bases and walk 49 times with 97 strikeouts in 507 total plate appearances.

17 Responses

    • Bubba Woo

      That was my first thought too. Esasky was an above average player and vertigo ended his career. Might have a reason to be a little nervous.

  1. Genius Raisor

    I demand to be declared a genius to all of your followers.

    • MK

      Demand DENIED, unless you are a Stanford Cardinal, then I am sure at least one person will call it genius.

  2. Champ Summers

    Nick Esasky was one of my favorite prospects. This vertigo did not end his career but it did change it’s trajectory. He was never the same.

    • Champ Summers

      Ok I guess it ended his career. This was really an odd story. Just read an article written in 1991. How strange.

      • Champ Summers

        Also in 2009 Joey Votto had a bout with dizziness after an illness. Of coarse Esasky came up then too so not over-reacting yet. Yet.

      • MikeinSoCal

        I think I just read the same article that you read. I’m trying to find out how he is doing now. Esasky was one of my favs back in the day. I liked to watch him in batting practice. The ball seemed to effortlessly launch off his bat.

  3. B-town Fan

    I had this very same illness several years ago. It is caused by a virus that effects your inner ear, which effects your balance. The symptoms are caused by any rapid movement of your head for example like looking down or bending over quickly or rolling your head on your pillow in bed to quickly. It’s quite unnerving, it feels like your in a barrel rolling down a hill that wont stop, everything’s spinning, it’s very hard to stand up. All you can do is sit down or lay down and be still till it stops.

    The symptoms generally last a week to two weeks and lesson in intensity gradually till its gone. Most people will have recurrences over a years time. Mine were two more times about 4 months apart with each about half the intensity as the time before. Apparently your body is able to compensate and the viruses effects lesson each time. I haven’t had any symptoms in like five or so years, it generally doesn’t come back, kinda like chicken pox. It is contagious, for a period of time, when the symptoms first appear. I had several family and extended family members and a few friends get it back then.

    So if Senzel has the same thing I had and it sounds like he might, then he will be ok. It will just take a little time to get over it.

  4. pw

    I had this type or similar vertigo this summer, and it lasted for a couple of months. Mine was very annoying, but not debilitating, and it didn’t prevent me from doing normal activities. I think it was caused by my trying repeatedly to hang an object on my wall above my head. By chance I found an article in a medical newsletter which said most vertigo can be cured by something called the Epley maneuver. I also found some video online which showed how you can help yourself. My vertigo is pretty much gone now. It sounds very strange, but there’s some kind of little crystal in your middle ear that can get dislodged, and that causes the vertigo.

    • pw

      I forgot to say that it’s unfortunate that Nick will miss the playoffs. I’m guessing that I’ll have a special connection to him now.

  5. RedsinWashSt

    I am going through this right now. It seemed to happen after cataract surgery on both eyes. Had an episode where the room started spinning and I blacked out and started throwing up. My wife called for an ambulance because she thought I was having a heart attack. I have had my heart, neck and head (nothing there) checked. So far the Doctors have not been helpful. I seem to be improving slightly but who knew that I might get some help from new favorite website about my favorite baseball team.
    Thanks I am going to check out the Epley maneuver and look for the video.

    • pw

      I had a doctor tell me recently that he can do the Epley maneuver. He said it was very satisfying to him because it’s one of the only things he can cure.