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Devin Mesoraco cleared for all catching drills following last year’s hip surgery

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Devin Mesoraco was limited to 23 total games in 2015 and he did not appear at the catcher position beyond April 12 due to a hip impingement that eventually required major surgery.

But the 27-year-old slugger is looking like a good bet for a big bounceback in 2016.

Mesoraco told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday evening that he has been performing “all catching drills” and the surgically-repaired hip has given him zero issues thus far.

Mesoraco was a stud for the Reds in 2014, delivering an .893 OPS (147 OPS+) with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 114 games. He’ll try to provide some much-needed excitement for the rebuilding club this year.

Mesoraco is under contract with Cincinnati through the 2018 season at some fairly reasonable rates. He may get traded eventually as the Reds shake out their aggressive organizational rebuild, but it probably won’t happen this summer even if he fully rehabilitates his trade stock with a massive first half.

Actually, don’t hold us to that.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.