Devin Meoraco has spent more time on the operating table than in the catcher's box behind homeplate the last two seasons.
This morning, the 27-year old catcher had surgery by New York hip specialist Bryan Kelly to repair the labrum of his right hip. Mesoraco had surgery to repair the labrum of his left shoulder on May 10 after appearing in his last game for the Reds on April 17 at the New York Mets.
The catcher had an impingement in his left hip repaired by Dr. Kelly on June 29 last year.
The condition was going to be a problem so the team, the medical staff and Mesoraco decided to fix it now so Mesoraco wouldn't miss a third season.
"At some point in his career, this was going to end up bothering him and he'd need surgery. He definitely had a labral tear. He had very similar changes in his hip that he had in his left hip," Kremchek said.
Mesoraco felt something in his hip in early April but it wasn't painful at the time.
"He had some tightness," Kremchek said. "Not symptoms like he had in left hip, but he did have a few symptoms, his range of motion in left hip is great, the right hip was limited. We knew this.. This was the question in spring training: was this going to be a problem even though it didn't hurt him? I think the decision was easy when he had shoulder surgery and he was going to miss the rest of the season."
"He'll be able to do all baseball activities, fully ready to go by the middle of January just fine. So I really anticipate he'll be ready at the start of the season," Kremchek said. "The team is very optimistic. I'd be very optimistic about this. I think this will give him a spring in his step. It's going to make it a little easier for him to squat down and do things. This is going to make him a better catcher and be less stressful on his body."