Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco took a foul top off the mask Saturday and has been diagnosed with what the team is calling a “minor” concussion (also known as a “minor” brain injury).
Mesoraco told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he “doesn’t feel too bad when he’s not doing anything.” Which is another way of saying he does feel bad when he is doing something, of course.
Mesoraco signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Reds in January and manager Bryan Price quickly said he plans to ride the 26-year-old catcher into the ground this season by starting him 145 times behind the plate.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.