Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Mesoraco was already out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder back in May. The backstop also had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip last year.
Just more bad luck for Mesoraco, who turned 28 years old last month. He hasn’t been able to complete a full, healthy season since coming into the league in 2011. He broke out in 2014, batting .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI in 440 plate appearances, but stepped to the plate only 51 times last year and 55 times this year before being sidelined.
The Reds will continue to go with Tucker Barnhart and Ramon Cabrera behind the plate.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.