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.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.