Scooter Gennett could play games in “two-and-a-half weeks”

All-Star second baseman is yet to play this season recovering from injured groin

Scooter Gennett could play games in “two-and-a-half weeks”
Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett hits a two-run double off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Source: Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett will make his first road trip of the season to begin ramping up his work to return to the field.

Gennett, who hasn’t played a game this season while recovering from a spring training groin injury, anticipates he will begin playing rehab games in the next couple of weeks.

“If I was to guess and give you an answer right now? Two-and-a-half weeks, maybe?," Gennett said. "That would be the earliest if everything went smooth.”

Gennett has been doing some on field baseball work in the last week - taking ground balls, playing catch and running. However, he says he’s been doing that work at about 50% capacity to make sure his body responds to the increased work load.

Once the Reds arrive in Milwaukee, Gennett said he will begin to do everything he would normally do to prepare for a game.

Gennett has hit 50 home runs in two seasons with the Reds and made his first career All-Star Game in 2018, but this is the first significant injury of his career.

Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett hits a two-run double off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett hits a two-run double off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Source: Gary Landers)

“I’ve been trying to be positive and understand what I’m going through. Embrace it. Never thought I would embrace an injury, it’s not like I wanted it to happen, but I want to make the most of it and be positive.”

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