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.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.