CINCINNATI – Can it get any worse for Devin Mesoraco?
Cursed by body breakdowns, the Reds catcher had his third surgery in two years Monday, according to the club.
Mesoraco has been able to play just 39 games over the past two seasons.
The same specialist who repaired Mesoraco’s left hip in June 2015 repaired the labrum in his right hip Monday, the club announced.
The 27-year-old is expected to begin catching drills in mid- to late-January, according to the Reds, so he probably won't be ready for the start of spring training.
Mesoraco has played so rarely it's hard to remember he's still with the club. He last played on April 27 and had season-ending surgery May 10 to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Mesoraco played in only 16 games this year and 23 in 2015.
The Reds sure do miss Mesoraco's bat, and his hard luck has added to their misfortunes the past two years. He had his best season in 2014 and made the All-Star team when hit 25 homers and 25 doubles with a slash line of .273/.359/.534 and 80 RBI.