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Shoulder surgery to end Herrera's season

Second baseman was batting .264/.312/.397 at Reds' Triple-A affiliate
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NEW YORK -- When the Reds acquired Dilson Herrera from the Mets for Jay Bruce on Aug. 1, 2016, the club thought it had a second baseman to replace Brandon Phillips.

Herrera -- who has spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Louisville -- has never been fully able to show what he could do, in part because of a problematic right shoulder. On Wednesday, it was announced that he would need season-ending arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips.

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NEW YORK -- When the Reds acquired Dilson Herrera from the Mets for Jay Bruce on Aug. 1, 2016, the club thought it had a second baseman to replace Brandon Phillips.

Herrera -- who has spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Louisville -- has never been fully able to show what he could do, in part because of a problematic right shoulder. On Wednesday, it was announced that he would need season-ending arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips.

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"Probably the most important thing is he gets it taken care of," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "We still think we've got a really nice player here that needed to have this correction done. We look forward to seeing a really healthy Dilson Herrera in Spring Training."

Herrera's surgery is scheduled for Tuesday in Cincinnati. Dr. Tim Kremchek will perform the procedure. Louisville placed Herrera on the seven-day disabled list on Friday with right labrum inflammation.

In 68 games at Triple-A, the 23-year-old Herrera batted .264/.312/.397 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs.

Shortly after his arrival to the Reds' organization, Herrera hurt his shoulder and tried to play through the injury. At Spring Training this season, his shoulder still wasn't 100 percent and it limited him to the designated hitter role in exhibition games.

After Cincinnati traded Phillips to Atlanta the day before Spring Training opened, the club has used Jose Peraza at second base while potential offseason trade candidate Zack Cozart remained at shortstop.

Peraza has struggled this season, and he lost his starting spot to Scooter Gennett last week. Gennett is under club control for two more years and he's having a strong season, and Herrera will be out of Minor League options next year. That will put the front office in a tough position if Herrera is unable to fully come back and show he's ready to be in the big leagues.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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