Devin Mesoraco hasn’t caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement, but the Reds have kept him active as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter rather than place him on the disabled list. It looks like they aren’t going to have a choice soon.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mesoraco tested his hip Friday by trying to get into a catching position and doing 15 squats and giving signs. It didn’t go well.
“It was very difficult,” he said. “It’s probably not something that’s going to happen any time soon. It obviously caused some problems afterward. It doesn’t make sense to do a whole lot more right now because it doesn’t feel good.”
Mesoraco plans to make a decision about surgery after the Reds return from their current road trip. Surgery would end his season, but there’s no sense in delaying it any longer if he isn’t seeing improvement.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.