This is a 2024 photo of Nick Senzel of the...

This is a 2024 photo of Nick Senzel of the Washington Nationals baseball team. Senzel was scratched from the opening day lineup after breaking his thumb during batting practice Thursday, March 28, 2024, manager Dave Martinez said. Credit: AP/Jeff Roberson

CINCINNATI — Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel was scratched from the opening-day lineup after breaking a thumb during batting practice Thursday.

Senzel fractured his right thumb on a bad hop and could be out three to four weeks, according to manager Dave Martinez.

“It’s awful," Martinez said. "He was in a good spot, and we were in a good spot with him. He was excited. It was just a freak accident. We’re going to miss him.”

Senzel was signed to a $2 million, one-year contract after playing parts of five seasons with the Reds.

Ildemaro Vargas replaced Senzel in the lineup. The Reds beat the Nationals 8-2.

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