Devin Mesoraco has been on the Reds’ active roster, attempting to play through a hip injury, for nearly the entire season. It hasn’t gone well, as he’s followed up an All-Star season by hitting just .178 and has been limited mostly to pinch-hitting duties because squatting behind the plate is a problem.
Today–nearly six weeks since his last start at catcher–the Reds finally placed him on the disabled list with a left hip impingement and season-ending surgery looms as a possibility for Mesoraco.
Brayan Pena has been filling in as the Reds’ starting catcher and he’ll never match the production Mesoraco provided last season while hitting 25 homers with an .893 OPS, but he’s done a solid job while batting .307 with zero homers and a .749 OPS in 31 games.
Mesoraco and the Reds agreed to a $28 million contract extension in January and manager Bryan Price spent all spring talking about how he wanted the 27-year-old catcher to start 140-plus games this season. Instead it’s looking like a totally lost year and his future is now in question as well.
Initially the Royals planned to merely push back Danny Duffy’s next start a few days because of shoulder soreness, but as so often happens in cases like this the left-hander is now headed to the disabled list with inflammation.
Left-hander Jason Vargas, who’s coming back from a disabled list stint of his own for an elbow injury, will start in Duffy’s place and the Royals have also called up left-hander Brandon Finnegan from the minors.
Duffy’s history of arm problems likely played a part in the Royals ultimately deciding to use some extra caution. He’s also struggled of late after getting off to a good start this season, allowing 14 runs in 10 innings this month while walking more batters (10) than he struck out (7).
Matt Harvey had a rough start Saturday for the first time since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery and Mets manager Terry Collins thinks the 26-year-old right-hander is “going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens.”
There are no plans to have Harvey examined further and according to Collins he’s going to start Friday with one extra day of rest, so clearly the Mets don’t view it as a significant problem.
After the poor start Harvey told reporters: “My arm feels fine, my body feels fine.”
And even with the four-inning, seven-run start included in his overall numbers this season Harvey has a 2.91 ERA and 60/10 K/BB ratio in 59 innings to rank among the NL’s best pitchers.