Devin Mesoraco simply can’t catch a break. (No pun intended.)
Mesoraco took a pitch off his left foot in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs last night. The Reds revealed today that the foot is broken, and Mesoraco will miss three to six weeks:
Mesoraco, who returned to Cincinnati on Tuesday to meet with team doctors, will wear a protective boot and will be on crutches for “some time,” Price said. Then he will shed the crutches while keeping the boot for another stretch of time.
“I imagine he will be re-examined after a few weeks in the boot, and see how the healing is going before we can define if there is any possibility if he comes back and plays this year,” Price said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
If you don’t feel bad for Mesoraco, I don’t understand you. This guy has a breakout year in which he made an All-Star team and established himself as a cornerstone of the franchise. Since, he suffered injury after injury, has worked like crazy to get healthy each time…and then he has a setback every single time.
From a practical standpoint, Zach Buchanan notes a serious issue caused by Mesoraco’s untimely injury:
A more pressing concern for the Reds is catcher depth. Both Barnhart and rookie catcher Stuart Turner have wives expecting children at the end of the month. Turner’s son is due Aug. 30, and Barnhart and his wife plan to induce birth for their son a day later if he hasn’t yet arrived.
Both will take three-day paternity leave, and the Reds do not have another catcher on the 40-man roster.
This 2017 season just keeps getting better and better and better.
I know what some are saying: money, money, blah blah blah. Whatever. Mesoraco is a good guy, and this is terrible news.
Don’t be like the guy giving out hot takes below. We’re better than that at the Nation, right?
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 15, 2017
They have got to unload Mesaroco, he doesn't want to play
— John Kelly (@jkelly0473) August 15, 2017
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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