Dilson Herrera came over to the Reds in the Jay Bruce trade last summer. In his combined appearances at the Triple-A level, first with Las Vegas (389 plate appearances) and then Louisville (80 plate appearances), Herrera produced a decent (if fairly unspectacular) slash line of .274/.335/.456 to go along with 15 home runs and 64 RBI. While his numbers dropped off from a very impressive 2015 when he slashed .327/.382/.511, Herrera, who is just entering his age-23 season, is still seen by many as a potential regular at second base at the major league level. If he gets off to a hot start in the minors, Herrera could get a look with the big club, although Jose Peraza is expected to get the first crack at the starting second base gig left open with Brandon Phillips' departure.
Herrera (shoulder) will be sent to the Reds' minor league camp, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The move signals that the second baseman is still unable to throw and will continue to be limited to a DH role moving forward. Pitchers begin seeing at-bats this coming weekend, so he would likely see more playing opportunities at a lower level. Despite the early setback, look for Herrera to be in the running for major league action at some point later this season.
Herrera (shoulder) has resumed throwing activities but is still limited to being the designated hitter, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Herrera was held back from throwing early in camp due to soreness in his right shoulder, but he has since resumed his throwing program. He has DH'd in eight games so far, which is promising for the once-heralded Mets prospect, but manager Bryan Price noted "It'll probably still be a little while. I couldn't even put a timetable on it." It could be another couple weeks before he is back at second base, which could eventually hurt his chances at making the roster out of camp.
Herrera said he's cleared to return to throwing activities, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Herrera played catch Monday but was scheduled to meet with Cincinnati's medical director Thursday. That presumably went well, considering his updated status. The former prospect should continue staking his claim to remain with the Reds when they break camp.
Herrera (shoulder) resumed his throwing program Monday by playing light catch, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The shoulder inflammation is keeping Herrera from participating in the WBC, although that could end up helping his chances of earning a bigger role with the Reds in 2017. He hasn't been able to play the field yet, but the soon-to-be 23-year-old has DH'd twice in four games this spring for Cincinnati, which is reassuring. It still remains unclear when he'll return to the field, but the Reds seem to be playing it safe with Herrera. "I'm going to keep DHing him, and we're going to make sure that when he's throwing, he's throwing at 100 percent before I put him at second base," manager Bryan Price said.
Herrera will not play in the World Baseball Classic due to his recent right shoulder inflammation, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The shoulder injury will keep Herrera from representing Colombia, but he can still work on hitting during spring action as he tries to lock down a roster spot out of camp. He'll help his cause more when he gets back to manning the field, though. During his age-23 season, he likely will serve a utility role and start a couple of games per week, though the once heralded prospect could play his way into more duties for this rebuilding club.