Mesoraco fractures left foot on hit by pitch

Since start of 2015 season, catcher has appeared in 95 games for Cincinnati

August 15th, 2017

CHICAGO -- Since he was a All-Star for the Reds in 2014, catcher 's promising career has been marred by injuries. The previous two seasons were mostly wiped out by surgeries on both hips and his left shoulder, and yet another injury took Mesoraco out on Monday night, when he was diagnosed with a fractured left foot.

In the second inning of a 15-5 Reds loss to the Cubs, Mesoraco was hit on his front foot by a 2-2 pitch from left-hander . He hobbled for a few moments before taking first base. After 's fielder's choice grounder sent Mesoraco to second base, he left the game with trainer Steve Baumann and was replaced by . X-rays later showed the fracture.

"Once I started to run there, I knew we certainly had an issue. I didn't know it was fractured," said Mesoraco, who was on crutches and wearing a boot on his left foot. "It's right in the middle of my foot. I've got a small little crack on the fifth metatarsal."

Mesoraco will head to Cincinnati on Tuesday to get a MRI and prognosis from the club's medical director, Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds, who also have catchers Barnhart and on the 25-man roster, will await the results before deciding on a roster move.

A left shoulder strain put Mesoraco on the disabled list this season from July 3-19, and he also missed a few games later in the month because of a sore left knee.

While Barnhart has emerged as the Reds' primary catcher this season, Mesoraco is batting .213/.321/.390 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 56 games. 

The latest injury didn't have Mesoraco, who has appeared in 95 games since the start of the 2015 season due to injuries, feeling sorry for himself.

"I've had worse injuries. You kind of play the hand you're dealt," said Mesoraco, who is in the third year of a four-year, $28 million contract. "Not everything is a fairy-tale ending. Not everything works out as perfectly as you expect. You play the hand you're dealt. This is something that I obviously had completely no control over, and it happened. We'll see what the prognosis is and move on from there."