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Organizational Injury Report - 4/21/14: Mesoraco's Triumphant Return

Mesoraco scorching hot since return, Broxton and Marshall back to bolster ailing bullpen

Mesoraco has been pacing the Reds offense since returning April 9
Mesoraco has been pacing the Reds offense since returning April 9

No report last week simply due to a lack of injuries to report on, and thankfully the news remains light this week. But the main story has to be Mesoraco. To say that Devin Mesoraco's return to the Reds lineup has been a major boon for the Reds offense would be a colossal understatement. He was recalled from the DL on April 9 (nine regular season games missed), and has hit a blistering .515/.553/.970 in 38 PAs. Since April 12, the Reds lead all of MLB in runs scored, and in all three of the AVG/OBP/SLG triple slash (a beautiful stat courtesy of Mark Sheldon). If the offense can sustain any semblance of this kind of production, the Reds will be much more than fine.

In less fortunate news, Mat Latos suffered new symptoms during his rehab for his torn meniscus. He experienced pain when throwing breaking balls, and was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain. This is the injury which held Jonathan Broxton out of the lineup last year for virtually the entire season (and part of this one too). A repeat of that outcome would be very bad news for the Reds this year, despite Alfredo Simon's brilliance on the season so far filling in for Latos.

Speaking of Broxton, he returned on April 10 to a bullpen which sorely needed - and still needs - quality arms. In Chapman's absence, Broxton was immediately inserted into the closer's role. He was sidelined by this injury August 22 of last year. Sean Marshall also returned to the bullpen on April 20 from shoulder tendinitis which arose during Spring Training.

In minor league news, at AAA Louisville, RP Nick Schmidt returned to action on April 12 after missing the minimum 7 days on the DL. RP Edgar Gonzalez was placed on the 7-day DL on April 9, OF Neal Thomas on April 14, and OF Ryan LaMarre backdated to April 17 due to a right knee sprain. At A+ Bakersfield, OF Junior Arias was placed on the 7-day DL on April 12. And at A- Dayton, RP Junior Morillo was placed on the 7-day DL on April 10.

Check the state of injuries in the Reds organization via the link.

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