Devin Mesoraco was a subject of one of the early season's strangest storylines. After catching the Reds' first six games, Mesoraco spent a five-and-a-half week period in limbo, only able to serve as a pinch or designated hitter due to a hip injury, but not getting placed on the disabled list. After accruing just 51 plate appearances on the season, Mesoraco was finally put on the DL on May 25, and he had season-ending surgery just over a month later. There are questions about whether Mesoraco will be ready for spring training and if he can return to his level of production from two seasons ago when he was one of the most valuable catchers in Fantasy. However, because catcher is a weak position, Mesoraco can still be drafted as one of the top eight players at the position.
Mesoraco remains on track to be ready for the first day of camp on Feb. 18, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I've done everything," he said. "I've been hitting for a couple of months. Catching-wise, I've been blocking, throwing, receiving and doing just about everything with no pain." Mesoraco has reached the final stages of his recovery from season-ending hip surgery, which was undertaken on June 29 to repair a labrum and remove a spur. With hitting and some catching duties already behind him, his next test will likely be manning catcher in exhibitions. When healthy, he'll serve as the Reds' No. 1 backstop, from which he logged 100-plus games in both 2013 and 2014.
Mesoraco (hip) said Friday that he is "feeling great" and expects to report to spring training as normal, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Hip issues derailed Mesoraco's 2015 season early on, and after a failed attempt to acclimate him to left field, the Reds sent the 27-year-old for surgery. Mesoraco was cleared to resume squatting about a month ago, and he said Friday that he's had no problems getting in and out of the catching position. He will start adding more drills to his routine early next month.
Mesoraco (hip) has resumed squatting, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Now about four and a half months removed from hip surgery, Mesoraco has been cleared to get into the squat position but has not yet started baseball activities. The plan calls for Mesoraco to return to Cincinnati in December to start working with catching coordinator Mike Stefanski in hopes of being ready for spring training. Mesoraco was limited to just 23 games in 2015, managing two extra-base hits (zero homers) in 51 plate appearances.
The Reds recalled RHP Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville. Axelrod was 6-6 with a 4.05 ERA with Louisville, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Axelrod will replace Manny Parra, who the Reds placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left elbow. The team currently has no timetable for Parra's return. To clear space on the 40-man roster, the Reds moved catcher Devin Mesoraco to the 60-day disabled list. Mesoraco is out for the season after hip surgery.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a left hip impingement, MLB.com has reported. Bryan Price expressed joy at the result after hearing from Mesoraco. "Thumbs up, big thumbs up," Price said. "I've been back and forth with the texts to him. He's very happy." Mesoraco is expected to miss the rest of the season.