Some very good news here for the Marlins …
According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, outfielder Christian Yelich — who has been sidelined since April 19 with a bulging disk in his lower back — is expected to return from the disabled list this Friday. Yelich began a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday at High-A Jupiter and has tallied one hit and two walks over six plate appearances so far.
Yelich was off to a really rough start this season for Miami, batting just .200/.265/.222 with zero homers, one stolen base, and 13 strikeouts through 49 plate appearances. The 23-year-old hit .284/.362/.402 with nine homers, 21 steals, and 94 runs scored in 144 games last season and then landed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco hasn’t started a game since April 11 due to a left hip impingement, but Cincinnati management has opted against placing him on the disabled list because they like having him around as a bench bet. He has zero hits in seven plate appearances in that role, by the way.
Mesoraco is still unable to squat and acknowledged to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday that he might need surgery to get over the injury — a surgery that would come with a four-month rehab.
“We’re doing everything we can to stop that from happening,” said Mesoraco. “We’ve done PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections). We did cortisone. We did lubricating injections. We’re trying to do the best we can to go out and finish the season. It’s frustrating. This isn’t what I expected going into the year.”
Cincinnati is currently seven games back of the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central standings. If that gap grows — and it probably will — the surgery will surely get more serious consideration.
Mesoraco, 26, registered an .893 OPS with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 114 games last year.
Watch as Reds third baseman Todd Frazier slugs a solo shot on Tuesday in Pittsburgh …
Frazier’s last five hits have been home runs and he has now leapfrogged Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the National League lead in that category (at nine total). Frazier is probably going to be named the National League captain for this year’s Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Tim Cooney got the first shot at replacing Adam Wainwright (heel) in the Cardinals’ starting rotation and struggled, yielding seven hits and three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings last Thursday against the Phillies. Tyler Lyons is getting the next crack at it on Tuesday night versus the Cubs. But the best bet for that spot is 23-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales, who has been sidelined at Triple-A Memphis since April 22 because of a sore left pectoral muscle.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Gonzalez has been cleared to return to the Memphis rotation on Saturday. He’ll be on a pitch count in his first game back, but if the outing goes well and Lyons struggles there will probably be strong consideration given to promoting Gonzales late next week.
Gonzales was the 19th overall pick in 2013 out of Gonzaga University. He posted an underwhelming 4.15 ERA and 1.529 WHIP in 34 2/3 innings last season for the Cardinals, but his minor league numbers are very good. In a total of 161 1/3 frames on the farm, Gonzales boasts a 2.68 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 153/38 K/BB ratio.
Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is nearing a rehab assignment and could also become an option for the Cards’ rotation at some point, but he has not been able to stay discomfort-free for an extended period of time.
The announcement comes from Corey Brock, the Padres beat writer for MLB.com …
Morrow held a potent Rockies lineup to two runs over six innings on Saturday, improving to 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings this season. He has a long and loaded history of injuries, but his shoulder hasn’t been an issue since 2010. Maybe it won’t be too long of an absence. The 30-year-old righty was looking like a tremendous offseason find for the Padres on a one-year, $2.5 million free agent deal.