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Devin Mesoraco | Catcher | #39

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (15) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that it's very unlikely Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will be ready for Opening Day.
That has been the expectation for a while now, as Mesoraco simply hasn't gotten enough work this spring with just 14 at-bats and zero full games under his belt. He would seem to have a chance to be ready sometime in April, although the Reds will ease him into action once he's on the active roster. Cincy is slated to open the year with Tucker Barnhart and Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner at catcher. Mar 26 - 11:55 AM

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Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) conceded on Monday that he might not be ready for Opening Day.

Mesoraco referred to Opening Day as "arbitrary," saying that his goal is to play in as many games as possible in 2017 rather than be ready on April 3. It's the right attitude to take, and the news isn't surprising given how little Mesoraco has played this spring. He has just five Cactus League at-bats to this point and still needs to be built up to play a full game and back-to-back games. Once Mesoraco is ready to play for the Reds, he'll initially share the catching duties with Tucker Barnhart. Stuart Turner or Rob Brantly will likely make the Opening Day roster as Barnhart's backup with a disabled list stint for Mesoraco looking probable.
Mar 20 - 8:05 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) went 1-for-2 with a double in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rangers.

Mesoraco has been plagued by injury over the past two seasons, missing the bulk due to shoulder and hip injuries which required surgery. His availability for Opening Day should clarify in the closing days of spring training. To start the season, he will be splitting catching duties with Tucker Barnhart. That is, assuming Mesoraco is ready to roll on Opening Day, which is not a given.
Mar 18 - 6:50 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will play in another Cactus League game on Wednesday.

Mesoraco made his Cactus League debut Sunday and played in a minor league game Tuesday. "We don't know the exact workload for Devin," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We'll see how he gets through today, if it will be an increased workload of three or four innings. He's hitting leadoff with the hope he'll get a couple of at-bats. We'll see how it plays out." The Reds remain hopeful that Mesoraco will be ready by Opening Day, although even if he is he'll just share the catching duties with Tucker Barnhart initially.
Mar 14 - 4:20 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that how Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) looked in his Cactus League debut Sunday "increases my optimism for his readiness for the season."

Mesoraco played a few innings Sunday and could spend a few days playing in minor league scrimmages before getting into another Cactus League contest. The Reds are being extra cautious with the catcher after he missed most of the last two seasons due to surgeries on his hips and shoulder, and Price did add that he was "just going to let him progress, and not dangle the carrot out there and get too optimistic." It looks like a toss-up right now as to whether Mesoraco will be ready for Opening Day, and even if he is he's going to share catching duties initially with Tucker Barnhart.
Mar 13 - 6:15 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

He'll be catching Bronson Arroyo, who will also be making his Cactus League debut. Mesoraco has been brought along slowly in Reds camp following two straight lost seasons due to surgeries on his hips and shoulder. He'll be limited early on in the season, as well, but so far he's progressed without any setbacks.
Mar 10 - 5:03 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) played catcher in an intrasquad game on Tuesday.

The Reds hope he'll be ready for an "official" game on Sunday. "Baseball-wise, I felt off, which is probably to be expected," Mesoraco said. "Health-wise, I felt perfectly fine. I felt very normal. I felt like I could get into position and do everything. It felt really good." Mesoraco is coming off two straight seasons sabotaged by injury in which he had multiple surgeries on his hips and shoulder. The Reds think he'll be ready for Opening Day, but he won't be a regular initially.
Mar 7 - 6:57 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will take live batting practice on Friday.

It will be the first time he's done so this spring, as the Reds are being extra cautious with Mesoraco following two consecutive years wrecked by injury. The catcher is hoping to be ready to play in a Cactus League game in about a week. Mesoraco isn't going to play everyday initially this season even if all goes well health-wise. He obviously remains a big risk for fantasy purposes.
Mar 3 - 11:11 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that he doesn't anticipate Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) playing more than "50-60 percent on the front end of the season."

"That could be so much as the first month or it could be further based on how he's responding," Price added. Mesoraco reported to spring training feeling great after being limited to just 39 games the last two seasons due to a pair of hip surgeries and a shoulder operation. However, he'll be eased into drills this spring and probably split the catching duties evenly with Tucker Barnhart early on in the season. There's upside here, but he's a very risky fantasy proposition.
Feb 13 - 4:13 PM

Devin Mesoraco said Monday that he is catching with no issues.

Mesoraco has appeared in just 39 games over the last two seasons -- with just 18 starts behind the plate -- because of serious, somewhat-chronic hip and shoulder problems. But the 28-year-old began catching drills in mid-to-late January and told reporters Monday at Reds camp that "everything is good." There's still a lot to like here from a fantasy perspective, though it would be wise to draft a good backup along with him.
Feb 13 - 1:08 PM

Reds GM Dick Williams said Sunday that he expects Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) to be ready for Opening Day.

Mesoraco has appeared in just 39 games over the last two seasons because of major hip and shoulder issues, but this winter has been relatively normal for the 28-year-old slugger. "He's been in town a lot," Williams said Sunday in Cincinnati. "I know he's doing catching drills, I know he's doing hitting drills, advancing through the progression. I know that's going well." There is still a lot of fantasy upside here, but the risks are obvious.
Jan 30 - 9:09 AM

Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) is expected to resume catching drills in mid-to-late January.

Mesoraco needed season-ending surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and then underwent a procedure on his troublesome hip in July. Reds general manager Dick Williams said the club is anticipating Mesoraco being 100 percent for the beginning of the 2017 season but noted that "it's important to prepare a contingency plan." Mesoraco has made just 18 starts behind the plate (and 22 starts total) over the last two years.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 07:02:00 PM

Reds activated C Devin Mesoraco from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a paper move which restores his status on the 40-man roster. Mesoraco is recovering from shoulder and hip surgeries but should have a shot to be ready to go come Opening Day.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 08:53:00 AM

Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek said Monday that Devin Mesoraco (hip) is expected to begin catching drills at some point in January.

Mesoraco was already out for the season after shoulder surgery, but he underwent "preventative" surgery Monday to repair the labrum in his right hip. Of course, he had surgery last year on his other hip. The last two years have been brutal for Mesoraco, but Kremchek is confident that his future remains bright. "I'm optimistic this is really going to make him a better catcher, a better athlete and be less stressful on his body," said Kremchek. "It was definitely the right thing."
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 10:14:00 PM

Devin Mesoraco underwent surgery to repair a labrum in his right hip.

Mesoraco had surgery on his other hip last year. The 28-year-old catcher was already ruled out for the year after undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Tucker Barnhart and Ramon Cabrera have been filling in behind the plate for Cincinnati.
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Stuart Turner
4Shawn Zarraga
5Rob Brantly
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Jose Peraza
2Tony Renda
3Hernan Iribarren
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Patrick Kivlehan
3Zach Walters
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Arismendy Alcantara
RF1Scott Schebler
2Desmond Jennings
3Ryan Raburn
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Cody Reed
5Scott Feldman
6Tim Adleman
7Bronson Arroyo
8Robert Stephenson
9Barrett Astin
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Drew Storen
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
6Wandy Peralta
7Austin Brice
8Ariel Hernandez
9Nefi Ogando
10Louis Coleman
11Lucas Luetge