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.

19 Responses

  1. Arnold Ziffle

    Herrera had a golden opportunity this year when they traded BP to Atlanta. The Reds gifted the starting 2B position to him.
    This will put him in depth chart limbo and gives Blandino a shot to take Herrera’s spot on the depth chart. The golden opportunity now moves on to Blandino. It could lead to a September call-up if he plays well at Louisville.
    There was no mention of it being arthroscopic surgery, so it appears as though it will be a more invasive surgery. The doctors will have some idea of the amount that will need fixing, but they really won’t know what they have until they get in there and see the extent of the damage. At least Herrera still has youth in his favor. He will need that while mending.

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t agree, mostly. Herrera has to stick on the 25-man roster next year. Blandino will be on his first year on the 40-man roster next year, if he’s added (I think he will be).

      What this does do, though, is give a little more opportunity to Alex Blandino. He’s been hitting quite well this season, post-April. Instead of playing around the infield, he can spend a lot of time at second base, which is his best position on the field.

  2. Steve

    With Wotell also having shoulder surgery, looks like both were damaged goods before the Bruce trade.

  3. Crestwood Craig

    Since Dilson is on the 40-man roster, by moving him to the Disabled List, will this free up a spot to protect another player from the Rule 5 draft?

    • Doug Gray

      No. There is no 60-day disabled list in the offseason. You literally only get 40 spots after the World Series ends.

      • Crestwood Craig

        With this type of injury, what is your estimation of him being taken in the Rule 5 draft (if eligible for that)? Is this the type of player that typically gets picked?

      • Doug Gray

        He won’t be eligible because he’s on the 40-man roster. So unless they remove him, he’s safe.

  4. wes

    I am still cool with the trade….Reds saved and prob then spent 13 million. Mets can’t give Bruce away this year yet he is still producing. The money is the biggest difference by far, but Wotell is still real young and Herrera is young and has potential if he can get healthy.

    Still a win for management IMO

  5. Jer-B

    I saw somewhere that it is microscopic. Is there any possibility that he can play in the Arizona Fall League?

  6. Cinvenfan

    This is why the medical staff is so criticized. Why not having the procedure after he was hurt un ST?.
    They seem so slow to take decisions is painful to watch.

    • Doug Gray

      I’d guess because this wasn’t the issue then.

      The diagnosis then was that his shoulder muscles in a specific area weren’t as strong as they should have been. So they rehabbed that with whatever plan it was to increase the strength in those areas.

    • Alex Reds

      Actually it just came out in the news today that the Reds did know about the need of the bone spurs before the trade. Instead of going ahead and doing the procedure they tried to fix it with rest.

  7. MK

    Disco is pitching in Fort Wayne Saturday and I will be there. Dr. Kremcheck usually shows up for those rehab pitching starts. If he is there and he will tell me, Hipa issues probably will make it a big No, I’ll ask him whether it is arthriscopic or not.

  8. Ka

    As a medical professional I can tell you that the very last step is an invasive procedure. So many things potentially can go wrong that you always want to complexity exhaust all types of treatment options prior to deciding on surgery.

  9. Norwood Nate

    In my early 20’s I developed a couple of bone spurs while playing collegiate soccer. From what I recall, and it’s been a while, my doctor said they developed because I had consistently injured my feet and ankles, including at one point torn tendon once in college. I have four spurs in my right foot and two in my left foot after about twenty total years of soccer wear and tear.

    So, from my personal experience, bone spurs can definitely result from multiple injuries over a period of time to the same area. I’m far from a doctor, but maybe that’s the case with Herrera.

  10. William Kubas

    The main comment both on Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell is “I will be back”

    The first post is more than correct, Herrera was given an opportunity to make the 25 man roster in 2017…..no appearances…….at least the Cincinnati Reds only paid Herrera a minor league salary.

    Blandino’s on base percentage is .373, with 9 runs scored, 13 RBIs. Blandino should only be judged on his Louisville numbers as the International League is the top of the minor league system.

    Alacantra is a serviceable piece for the Cincinnati Reds playing equally at second base, short stop and the 3 outfield positions. Blandino would only be serviceable to third base, short stop or second base. Equally Blandino or Alacantra would make the major league minimum $535,000.

    Blandino has shown no power but does have a consistent eye through out his minor league career.