C. Trent Rosecrans talked to Devin Mesoraco today. The Reds catcher is pain-free and ready to report to spring training in Goodyear. He is scheduled to take part in the Reds Northern caravan stops on Saturday in Dayton and Hamilton.

“I’ve done everything, I’ve been hitting for a couple of months. Catching-wise, I’ve been blocking, throwing, receiving, doing just about everything with no pain,” Mesoraco said on Wednesday at the announcement for the Reds hosting the 2016 and 2017 R.B.I. World Series. “Everything’s been as planned.”

Mesoraco underwent hip impingement surgery at the end of last June, a procedure offering full relief even in squatting positions. Dr. Bryan Kelly performed the surgery on Mesoraco in New York. Kelly has operated on over 100 professional athletes, including Yankees player Alex Rodriguez. It’s no cliche to assert that he’s written the book on the arthroscopic hip procedure. Hip impingement consists of bone spurs that develop over many years. It isn’t the kind of condition where a quick relapse is likely. He says his hip feels fine, totally different than it did last year.

“I don’t have to think about anything at this point,” Mesoraco said. “If I have to block, I’ll block. There’s nothing to worry about, everything feels great.” That’s different from the way he felt after testing the hip before the season. Twice, while Mesoraco was being used as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter, he tried to introduce catching drills. Both times resulted in setbacks. “This is nothing like that,” he said on Wednesday. “I feel perfectly fine.”

A year ago yesterday, the catcher signed a four-year extension, covering his three years of arbitration and one year of free agency. He’s eligible to become a free agent after the 2018 season at the age of 30.

Read the rest of Rosecrans’ article here.

18 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    Now the issue remains…

    Will Mesoraco hit like the savage beast from 2014? With the loss of Fraziers bat from the lineup, the need for Mesoraco’s return to his 2014 attacking, mashing form at the plate can not be over emphasized. A healthy and productive Votto in the #3 hole and a healthy and productive Mesoraco in the #4 hole presents a huge problem for opposing pitchers.

    Then again, who will set the table in front of Votto?

    • Shchi Cossack

      Just a tick over 3 weeks until pitchers and catcher report to Goodyear! IO know the prospects for the 2016 season look dismal, but the Old Cossack hasn’t been this anxious for spring training since 2013 when Choo donned the Wishbone C at the top of the lineup.

    • WVRedlegs

      If Bruce stays and has made some adjustments in his hitting, having Mesoraco back in his 2014 form will be huge. Votto>Mesoraco>Bruce>Suarez at #3-6 will be nice. But I have this suspicion that Suarez will end up in the #2 hole, if nothing else is done in player acquisition.

      • VaRedsFan

        Bruce and plate adjustments rarely appear in the same sentence.

      • JB WV

        Here’s hoping Winker can claim LF and hit #2. Like your 3-6. Leadoff?

  2. james garrett

    I am with you all the way.The fact we are not expected to compete for a title doesn’t bother me at all.Guess I am just anxious to see some young guys compete for jobs at the big league level.Lots of if’s but we may surprise a few people.

  3. ohiojimw

    This news about Meso is the best Reds news there has been in some time. However, as we’ve seen with other athletes whom essentially miss an entire season, there will still probably be some bumps in the road as Meso builds up his stamina to the level required to compete full time all out. But it is great news to hear all the parts are in proper working order.

  4. cupofcoffee1955

    Good news for Devin. I’m sure he is anxious to catch as well as to start building a rapport with the Reds’ young arms.

  5. Patrick Jeter

    Definitely glad to hear this.

  6. lwblogger2

    I saw a headline about this yesterday but didn’t get a chance to read the story. This is very good news for Mesoraco and the Reds.

  7. Yippee

    This offense COULD be actually really good in 2016. Left field is a big question mark, but depending on the health and further development of players, this lineup could surprise this year.

  8. ohiojimw

    And with Meso’s good news comes some not as good news from B.Ham via Mark Sheldon on Twitter (@m_sheldon)

    “Hamilton said shoulder not 100 pct yet but will be by opening of camp. Had surgery in September and he’s hitting, throwing, lifting”

  9. Matt WI

    I’m taking this as supremely good news and running with it. We need some good news. Anybody who nay-says this news will be trolled on site.

    • Steelerfan

      The beatings will continue until morale improves 🙂

  10. Jack

    I double checked Meso’s 2014 stats (not his sabermetrics)…altho he resorted to career averages after his torrid start, he still managed to hit pretty consistently (if not great) with runners in scoring position. That said, I like Barnhart too. We’ve never gotten more than 114 games out of Meso…and coming back from surgery, I hope Barnhart sees enough playing time to see what he can develop into. Maybe not the power, but OBP and RBIs. P.S. Cabrera was pretty impressive in his debut too. I haven’t considered defense.

    • Matt WI

      I’m not sure I see what you’re seeing… 2014 was pretty fantastic on the whole for Meso. I’m not sure how you came up with your assessment of resorting back to career averages, but if even if you just look at his monthly splits, in all but one month (May’s OBP) he slugged and got on base at pretty much significantly higher rates than his career averages. If you are literally only looking at Batting Average, then ok, but that would be a tremendously short sited version of assessing his year.

      It’s not like April made his whole year… that was only 13 games.

      • Jack

        You’re right. Not a thorough analysis and I do acknowledge that even as his average fell his production (loosely defined) was consistent. And you’re right, better than his career numbers would indicate. I suppose I should consider 2014 to have been his break out year and hopefully for the Reds, he can get back to that production. I guess I’m still not sure about his ability to live up to the role people would like him to play in rebuilding a strong line-up in the future. I guess we’ll find out.

  11. CI3J

    Good, I’m glad he can remain in the catching position where his offensive output is even more valuable.

    Now, if we can just get some decent players at 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, and RF, we’ll be all set!