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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks with a severe right groin strain, costing the Cincinnati Reds their most productive hitter less than a week before Opening Day.

Gennett injured the right side of his groin Friday while making a play on a ground ball hit by Milwaukee’s Yasmani Grandal. He had an MRI, and the Reds said Saturday that he’s expected to miss two to three months.

“He is in a lot of pain,” said manager David Bell, who was with Gennett when the medical staff read his MRI. “He wants to play so bad. That makes it tough, but he’s already thinking positive.”

The Reds sent Nick Senzel, their top prospect, to the minor leagues on Friday — and the decision did not sit well with Joel Wolfe, Senzel’s agent. “This is a shortsighted move that may be frugal now but could cost them dearly later,” Wolfe said.

The injury forces the Reds to rearrange their infield — which had been one set area of the team — heading into the season opener Thursday against Pittsburgh at Great

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