The Cincinnati Reds have had a tough season. They are well off the .500 mark and have been unable to string together any type of consistency this season. They’re season doesn’t seem to be getting any better as they have now lost catcher Devin Mesoraco for the rest of the season. Mesoraco is set to undergo hip surgery later this month to repair an impingement in his left hip as reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Inquirer.
The Reds entered this season with high hopes for Mesoraco. He had a magnificent 2014 season, hitting .279/.359/.534 while slugging 25 home runs and 80 RBIs on the year as well as posting an impressive .893 OPS. His stand out season earned him a spot at the all-star game in Minnesota last year. He impressed the Reds so much that he signed a team-friendly four-year, $28 million extension that would keep him under club control through 2018.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned after injuring his hip early in the season. He was kept on the active roster for about a month with hopes that he could make a full recovery without going on the DL, but had no such luck. The team was forced to put him on the disabled list. They were clearly hoping that normal rehab and time off would help him get back to full health, but that gamble has not paid off. Veteran Brayan Peña will fill the everyday role of catcher for the Reds for the rest of the season. Mesoraco is set to go under the knife on June 29 in New York and is expected to have a normal recovery that will enable him to undergo normal offseason workouts and should be ready for spring training in 2016.