When Dilson Herrera came over to the Cincinnati Reds in the Jay Bruce deal on August 1st last season, he was viewed as a quality prospect, even though he wasn’t technically a prospect because of service time. It was viewed as a quality return by most for the organization. It wasn’t long after he began playing though, that you could tell he wasn’t right. And shortly after coming over, he was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Back in August I wrote about how 2016 was the second consecutive season that Dilson Herrera had been experiencing shoulder problems. Well, here we go again. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer just tweeted this out:
So we’ll try this again… Dilson Herrera out of WBC with right shoulder inflammation. He’s SHUT down from throwing. But will DH on Saturday
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) February 24, 2017
At this point, there are a few questions that need to be asked and answered. First, did the Reds trade for a player they either they knew had a shoulder issue, or had one that they didn’t know about despite seeing the medical information? Second, how is it that this is now the third straight season in which Dilson Herrera has been dealing with a shoulder injury. He hasn’t had it operated on. This doesn’t seem to be going away, so something is clearly wrong with is that rehab isn’t fixing.
It’s great that he’s still able to hit. But if he can’t throw, and he’s now in his third season of dealing with a shoulder problem, what’s going on? How have two different teams, the New York Mets and now the Cincinnati Reds, not been able to figure this all out? I don’t know the answer, but it’s incredibly strange to see how it’s been handled now by two different organizations. With just one option remaining, the Reds need to figure out what’s going on and try to fix it. The difference between a minor league salary for missed time and a Major League salary for missed time is very, very significant. Fixing the issue in 2017 rather than 2018 could save the Reds nearly half of a million dollars. Now’s the time to figure it out.
Update: Zach Buchanan from the Cincinnati Enquirer has an update from Dilson Herrera on his shoulder:
Despite that long history of having the same problem over and over, Herrera is not concerned with his long-term shoulder health.
“It was a little bit tight,” he said. “I’ve been working hard on my shoulder so I think I will be alright really soon.”
I said it back in August, and I’ll say it again: I’m not a doctor, but when you keep having the same problem over and over with a body part, there’s something wrong there. The story from Buchanan says that it first popped up in spring training in 2016 with the Mets. However, this contradicts what Herrera’s Triple-A manager in 2015 and 2016 says. He noted in the linked article in the second paragraph that Herrera played with a sore shoulder all of 2015.