UPDATE: It sounds like the Reds got a positive report. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Mesoraco is day-to-day and Reds manager Bryan Price expects him to return “soon.”
6:19 p.m. ET: Devin Mesoraco is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he stayed back in Cincinnati to undergo an MRI on his hip.
It’s unclear how the injury occurred or if it has been a lingering issue. Mesoraco didn’t start yesterday against the Cardinals, but he had two plate appearances after entering the game in the eighth inning and was involved in a controversial defensive play.
Mesoraco, 26, finally got a chance as a regular catcher last season and thrived by hitting .273 with 25 homers and an .893 OPS. He’s off to a 2-for-21 start so far this season.
The Reds called up Kyle Skipworth from Triple-A Louisville before tonight’s game against the Cubs in order to have some insurance behind the plate. Brayan Pena is starting and catching Mike Leake.
Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley made his major league debut tonight against the Dodgers at Chase Field in Arizona and it couldn’t have gone much better.
Bradley held the Dodgers to just one hit (a double by Howie Kendrick in the second inning) across six scoreless innings as part of a 6-0 victory. The 22-year-old right-hander bested three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and even singled off him inning the second inning for his first major league hit. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Bradley walked four batters on the night, so there were some deep counts, but he also fanned six. The highlight was striking out the side in the fifth inning. According to Brooks Baseball, Bradley induced 14 swinging strikes and topped out at 95.1 mph on his fastball. He was pulled after throwing 112 pitches (66 for strikes).
Things didn’t go according to plan for Bradley last year, as most expected him to be in the majors by now, but he pitched great this spring and forced himself on the Opening Day roster. The Diamondbacks aren’t expected to be a very good team this year, but he’ll be exciting to watch every fifth day.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies prospect infielder Jesmuel Valentin has been suspended by MLB after a domestic violence arrest. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. addressed the situation earlier today:
“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we take this very seriously as does the Commissioner’s office.”
According to Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Valentin was arrested last Sunday in Pinellas County, Florida and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. He was released on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.
Valentin, the son of former major league infielder Jose Valentin, was a supplemental first-round pick of the Dodgers in 2012 and came over to the Phillies last August in the Roberto Hernandez deal. The 20-year-old was set to begin the season with High-A Clearwater.
The Dodgers were dealt some rotten luck tonight against the Diamondbacks, as Justin Turner and Juan Uribe suffered injuries on back-to-back plays.
Turner, who made the start at third base to give Uribe a day off, got spiked on his left hand on a hard slide from A.J. Pollock in the third inning. He was replaced by Uribe, who fielded a grounder off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt on the very next play and made a twisting throw across the diamond to get the out. However, he hurt himself while making the play and Alex Guerrero came up as a pinch-hitter in the next half-inning. Hot corner? More like hot potato corner. I’m sorry.
The good news is that both players are considered day-to-day. Turner was diagnosed with left finger stiffness and X-rays came back negative. Meanwhile, Uribe is dealing with left hamstring tightness.
The injuries keep on coming for the Giants.
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, third baseman Casey McGehee left tonight’s game against the Padres with a left knee strain. He suffered the injury after getting out of the batter’s box on a fly out to end the bottom of the first inning.
Brandon Belt is currently sidelined with a mild groin strain, so the Giants were forced to go with Matt Duffy at first base and Joaquin Arias at third base. The club could call up Adam Duvall from Triple-A Sacramento if McGehee needs a stint on the disabled list.
McGehee, who was acquired from the Marlins over the winter, batted .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI across 160 games last season.