Devin Mesoraco’s bizarre season is finally over, as C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he will undergo hip surgery on June 29 in New York.
Mesoraco has been dealing with a left hip impingement since early April, but the Reds kept him on the active roster as a bench player through late May even though he wasn’t able to catch. You might recall that early questions about his availability caused Reds manager Bryan Price to go on a profanity-laden rant against the media. Mesoraco recently tried to come back as an outfielder, but felt lingering soreness during a minor league rehab assignment and finally decided to shut things down.
Surgery was going to happen at some point anyway, so with the Reds not looking like a contender, it just makes sense to turn the focus toward getting him ready for 2016. Getting it done now gives him a head start to make that happen.
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.