Devin Mesoraco’s health problems persist.
The Reds announced their 28-year-old catcher had surgery to repair the labrum in his right hip this morning.
Performed by New York hip specialist Dr. Bryan Kelly, the procedure is the third major one for Mesoraco in the span of just over a year.
Kelly repaired an impingement in Mesoraco’s left hip last June.
Mesoraco made it back for spring training this season, but he was shelved again in late April with a left shoulder problem that ultimately required surgery that was performed May 10.
According to the Reds, Mesoraco is expected to be able to begin catching duties in mid-to-late January.
Mesoraco was the Reds’ first-round pick out of Punxsutawney High School in Pennsylvania in 2007.
He made his major-league debut in 2011 and was an All-Star in 2014 when he hit 25 home runs and had 80 RBIs.
Since then, Mesoraco has been limited to 39 games and 95 at-bats.
The Reds took another high school catcher, Tyler Stephenson of Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., in the first round last year and selected Chris Okey from Clemson in the second round of the draft last month.
Tucker Barnhart has been the Reds’ primary catcher in Mesoraco’s absence this season. The 25-year-old is batting .264 with three homers and 20 RBIs through 66 games.
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