Much has been made about how the Reds have handled Devin Mesoraco, who hasn’t caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement. While he had two starts out of the DH spot over the weekend, he’s mostly been limited to pinch-hitting duties. However, that arrangement isn’t going to last much longer.
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mesoraco plans to try catching a bullpen session while the Reds are in Kansas City next week for an interleague series against the Royals. If he’s still feeling discomfort, he’s prepared to go ahead with surgery.
“That’s kind of the time,” Mesoraco said on Thursday. “We have to see if it’s going to work out. It’s been over a month [since catching]. If it’s going to work, it’s going to happen at that time. If it isn’t, we’ll know at that time. At this point, it’s time to figure it out.”
If Mesoraco has the surgery, he will likely miss the rest of the season. But there’s little reason to put it off if he isn’t going to be able to do much.
Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.
The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.
Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.