Injured Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has been taking ground balls during batting practice the last few days in the latest advancement of his rehab from a severe right groin strain.
On Saturday, Gennett took routine grounders hit to him by bench coach Freddie Benavides. So far, there hasn’t been anything too challenging that would require maximum effort or range.
“Each day the past week, we’ve done more and more,” Gennett said on Sunday. “We’re expanding the area where I’m moving for ground balls. I hit some flips yesterday in the cage. When we get back to Cincinnati, I will be hitting on the field at some point.”
Currently on the 60-day injured list, Gennett was injured trying to field a ground ball on March 22 during a Spring Training game. The prognosis was that he would be out for two to three months.
Thus far, there have been no setbacks or reasons to give the Reds and Gennett pause as he gets closer to being ready.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel anything. It’s just more of a tightness because I wasn’t supposed to walk or do anything [initially] for three or four weeks,” Gennett said. “The result of that is being a little tight. It’s about increasing the volume and intensity of my running and jogging to where it stretches my legs out.
“What we talk about is ‘how far can we get until I feel that?’ And then stop there. Three or four days later, we’re getting way past that. It’s about being smart instead of running as hard as you can and then something could happen or have a setback of some kind that we can’t afford right now.”
The Reds’ medical staff continues to proceed with caution with Gennett, which has kept a timetable for any rehab assignment vague.