Devin Mesoraco was sent for an MRI on his hip

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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.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.