Dilson Herrera has had shoulder problems dating back to the 2015 season with the New York Mets. It’s been nagging ever since. When he was traded for last summer he joined the Cincinnati Reds organization and only played for a few days before being shut down for a week. When he returned, it was another week before he got a start, only being used as a pinch hitter in five games before starting.

This past spring he began having shoulder problems again while working at third base and was shut down. When he came back he was not playing in the field and once the season began in Louisville it was three weeks into the year before he was allowed to play in the field on back-to-back days because of the issue.

He got out to a slow start at the plate with the Louisville Bats, but starting in the middle of May, over his final five weeks of play, he hit well. In those 41 games he hit .301/.342/.474 for the Bats. But, over that fifth week of that span he barely played and when he did, he was limited to the designated hitter except for his final game in which he came in as a pinch hitter and remained in the field. He didn’t play the next day and it was announced that he was likely going to miss the rest of the year with a shoulder injury, but that he was going to be checked out by the Reds doctors. Well, he saw them and the news is, and isn’t good.

Having surgery is never good. However, if you’re going to have your shoulder operated on, it’s better that it’s for bone spurs than for just about anything else. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know if this is or isn’t related to his past shoulder issues, or if this is a new issue. Either way, hopefully it’s going to put him in a much better state to produce and remain on the field. He’s still just 23-years-old, but he will be out of options next year and will have to stick on the big league roster out of spring training or be placed on waivers or traded to another team who will keep him on their roster.

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