Herrera underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to remove bone chips from his right shoulder, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The Reds' main prize in their trade last summer that sent Jay Bruce to the Mets, Herrera was believed to be nearly major-league ready at the time of his acquisition, but it's one year later and he has yet to make his Cincinnati debut. The shoulder issue, which had plagued Herrera in spring training before he aggravated it earlier this month while playing with Triple-A Louisville, ensures that he won't surface in the big leagues until 2018. The rebuilding Reds were hopeful that Herrera and Jose Peraza would make for a formidable double-play tandem for years to come, but with health concerns plaguing the former and the latter struggling to make an impact with the bat, the organization could be forced to alter its long-term plans in the middle infield. Herrera finishes the 2017 campaign with a .264/.312/.397 batting line across 264 plate appearances with Louisville.
Herrera (shoulder) is probably done for the season, at least according to his Triple-A manager Delino DeShields, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds' team doctors in Cincinnati will examine Herrera in the upcoming week, but the initial prognosis doesn't look good. Herrera has started only 66 games since the Reds acquired him in the Jay Bruce deal. The lack of progress from Herrera and Jose Peraza have been two of the biggest disappointments for the Reds this season.
Herrera was placed on the 7-day disabled list Friday, due to right labrum inflammation, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Herrera will get his shoulder examined by team doctors sometime next week, but hasn't been able to consistently play through the injury. Following his check-up, the team should be able to provide a diagnosis and a timetable for the 23-year-old. Moving forward, if Herrera is able to recover from this setback, he would be a solid candidate to join the Reds come September.
Herrera will get his shoulder examined next week, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Herrera has played in just four games since July 13, as the club continues to monitor his condition. Although there wasn't much concern initially, the Reds have been alarmed by the lack of recovery while he's been resting. The 23-year-old has been in the midst of a fairly decent season at Triple-A Louisville, hitting .264/.312/.397 with seven home runs and 42 RBI.
Herrera is hitting .261/.310/.393 with seven home runs and 60 strikeouts in 64 games for Triple-A Louisville.
He was placed on the DL with a concussion for the final week of June, but returned July 1 and is 10-for-28 with one home run since being activated. With Scooter Gennett's emergence as quality option, Herrera's ascension to the Reds' big-league roster does not appear imminent.
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