The bad news just keeps coming for the Cincinnati Reds.
In the second inning of Friday’s game in Atlanta against the Atlanta Braves, Todd Frazier left the game with an apparent leg injury. Five innings later, Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco left the game with a strained left hamstring. With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and the Reds trailing 5-2, Mesoraco was occupying second base when Billy Hamilton doubled into center field. As Mesoraco rounded third to score, the star catcher clutched his hamstring and fell to the ground in pain. Managing to pull himself to his feet and hop on one leg to the plate, Mesoraco somehow still scored before a throw made its way to the plate.
It has been stated in great detail how the emergence and maturity of Mesoraco has changed the Cincinnati Reds for the better, so it goes without saying that an injury to the catcher would be devastating to a team that seems to finally be finding its footing on the season.
The Reds are no stranger to living without Mesoraco, who started the 2014 on the disabled list. Brayan Pena, signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, proved to be more than capable filling in for Mesoraco. Pena successfully managed the Reds’ pitching staff while also bringing a strong presence to the lineup. Additionally, rookie Tucker Barnhart played the role of backup catcher during Mesoraco DL time.
As the Reds watch more and more integral players come off of the disabled list, Friday night is leaving Reds fans feeling a little uneasy and grim as they were forced to watch two important Reds leave with injuries. Any fan knows that injuries are just part of the game, but Reds fans are hoping these injuries aren’t long-lasting situations.