Author: D.J. Short

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 05: Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on from the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on May 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Devin Mesoraco will attempt to return from hip injury this season as a left fielder


Devin Mesoraco hasn’t been able to catch since April 12 due to a left hip impingement and will eventually require surgery, but he hasn’t given up on a return this season.

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer was told by Reds manager Bryan Price today that Mesoraco is now exploring the possibility of returning as a left fielder. He still needs surgery, but the team is confident he can it after the season and still be ready for the start of 2016. They don’t want to carry him strictly as a pinch-hitter, which is what they did for seven weeks prior to placing him on the disabled list late last month:

“He’s on board. He’s a huge part of it and I do believe that he’s seen a guy in New York as well that did a followup on his MRI results and test results,” Price said of Mesoraco. “So we’re trying to make sure all the bases are covered that if we’re going to do something like this, that we’re doing it with enough time to make sure he’s ready to go on Opening Day 2016 behind the plate.”

Mesoraco still has to get back to hitting before getting some work in the outfield. He’ll then need to get some minor league rehab games under his belt, so a return isn’t necessarily imminent. Still, it’s worth a shot to get his bat in the lineup, especially since Marlon Byrd is now sidelined with a fractured wrist.

Marlins demote former closer Steve Cishek to Double-A

MIAMI, FL - MAY 21: Steve Cishek #31 of the Miami Marlins walks off the field during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on May 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

After being demoted from the Marlins’ closer role last month, Steve Cishek was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville following Monday’s game.

Cishek saved 91 games for the Marlins between 2011-2014 while posting a 2.70 ERA, but he has an ugly 6.98 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings so far this season. He blew four saves in seven chances before being removed as closer. A.J. Ramos has emerged in the role since.

Cishek’s velocity has bounced back since the start of the season, but it still hasn’t made much of a difference performance-wise. Marlins manager Dan Jennings told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that they’d rather have him work on things in Triple-A.

Play of the Day: Marwin Gonzalez makes a spinning throw to save a run

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While Astros fans are clamoring for top prospect Carlos Correa to take over at shortstop, Marwin Gonzalez is helping keep the seat warm. Watch this ridiculous play he made against the Orioles tonight to rob Manny Machado and save a run:

Gonzalez was going purely on instinct there, as he couldn’t even see first base when he started the throw in shallow center field. Amazing stuff.