Much has been made about how the Reds have handled Devin Mesoraco, who hasn’t caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement. While he had two starts out of the DH spot over the weekend, he’s mostly been limited to pinch-hitting duties. However, that arrangement isn’t going to last much longer.
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mesoraco plans to try catching a bullpen session while the Reds are in Kansas City next week for an interleague series against the Royals. If he’s still feeling discomfort, he’s prepared to go ahead with surgery.
“That’s kind of the time,” Mesoraco said on Thursday. “We have to see if it’s going to work out. It’s been over a month [since catching]. If it’s going to work, it’s going to happen at that time. If it isn’t, we’ll know at that time. At this point, it’s time to figure it out.”
If Mesoraco has the surgery, he will likely miss the rest of the season. But there’s little reason to put it off if he isn’t going to be able to do much.
Tim Lincecum came into tonight’s start against the Reds on quite the roll, but he had some real issues with the mound at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Watch as he stumbles while delivering a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning:
This is pretty impressive, actually. Not only did Lincecum end up making a “pitch” to avoid a balk, but he managed to do it without hurting himself. That just looked uncomfortable.
Lincecum had his personal scoreless streak snapped at 18 innings tonight and was charged with three runs on five hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings. His ERA now sits at 2.43 for the year.
UPDATE: Yankees manager Joe Girardi hinted that Whitley is dealing with a major injury. He also said that Whitley has been dealing with an elbow injury for a while, but kept it from the team and tried to pitch through it.
9:49 p.m. ET: Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley left tonight’s start against the Rays with what has been termed as a right elbow injury. Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that he’ll go for an MRI in Tampa tomorrow to determine the severity.
Whitley, who has been filling in for the injured Masahiro Tanaka, exited the game in the bottom of the second inning. He ended up being charged with three runs on two hits and two walks and now owns a 4.19 ERA through four starts.
Chris Capuano is nearing his return from a right quad strain, so it’s possible that Whitley would have been bumped from the rotation after this start anyway. The Yankees could have some other options soon, as Tanaka has resumed throwing bullpen sessions and Ivan Nova is close to a rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Wil Myers was sent back to San Diego to be evaluated for a left wrist injury, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with tendinitis and will avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Myers injured the wrist Sunday when he collided with Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed while running the bases and felt continued discomfort during batting practice Tuesday. As of now, the Padres are hopeful that he’ll only have to miss three or four days. Myers missed a big part of last season with a fractured right wrist, but he also jammed his left wrist early last year.
Myers was filling in for the injured Yonder Alonso at first base prior to the injury, so the Padres’ depth is being tested at the moment. They are going with Will Middlebrooks at first base and Will Venable in center field tonight against the Nationals.
Myers, who was acquired from the Rays in a three-team trade over the winter, is batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI over 32 games this season.
We heard earlier this week that Troy Tulowitzki was set to have a meeting with his agent about whether to ask Rockies management for a trade. Per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Tulowitzki said today that he doesn’t plan on forcing his way out of Colorado. Watch the video below:
Tulowitzki might very well want out, but he’s saying the right things here. Remember, the Rockies go into tonight’s game against the Dodgers on an 11-game losing streak. This situation is bad enough already, so floating a trade wouldn’t put him in the most positive light. It’s better to just squash this story and put the possibility on the backburner regardless of what he really thinks. Still, it feels like something has to give here soon and a trade would be the best thing for all involved. Teams aren’t really in trade mode yet, but things should pick up as we get into June and July.
Tulowitzki went into this season with six years and $118 million remaining on his contract. After having his 2014 season cut short due to hip surgery, the 30-year-old is batting .303/.310/.477 with two home runs and 11 RBI through 31 games this year.