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.
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.
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.
Yasiel Puig’s first attempt at a minor league rehab assignment was halted about a month ago due to a setback with his left hamstring strain, but he’s starting to ramp things up again.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Puig was able to run at nearly 100 percent Monday at the team’s Camelback Ranch complex in Arizona. While Mattingly wouldn’t provide a timeline for his return, Puig hinted via his Twitter account this afternoon that another minor league rehab assignment likely isn’t far off.
Puig, who has been out since April 24, was hitting .279 (12-for-43) with two home runs and four RBI over his first 11 games prior to the injury. The Dodgers’ depth has been tested with Carl Crawford also sidelined, but players like Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, and Scott Van Slyke have done a nice job filling in.
Craig Calcaterra wrote this morning that Astros fans were speculating about a call-up for top prospect shortstop Carlos Correa after he made an early exit from yesterday’s game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Well, not so fast. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Correa is dealing with some minor soreness in his right heel.
Correa actually hurt his heel on a slide into home plate yesterday, but there was no immediate report about any kind of physical issue. The good news is that his absence is considered precautionary and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said there’s no concern about the fractured right fibula he suffered last year. It doesn’t sound like he’ll need to miss much time.
Correa, 20, is batting .241/.307/.430 with three home runs, eight RBI, and three stolen bases over 19 games since his promotion to Triple-A. It’s widely believed that the Super Two cut-off will dictate the timing of his major league debut, but he’s not far off.