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.