The Reds acquired second baseman Dilson Herrera in a trade for popular former outfielder Jay Bruce back in August of 2016. Herrera has a really nice bat and has been a well-regarded prospect throughout his professional career — and debuted in the major leagues as a 20-year-old back in 2014 — but he’s out of options, so now is the time for him to stick with the big league club. Otherwise, he’ll have to be exposed to other teams who might be interested in his services.
So I’ve been pretty interested in seeing what Herrera can provide this spring, and whether he can win a spot on the roster. Certainly, the Reds were going to give him every opportunity. Well, today we heard this about Herrera, who will turn 24 years old on Saturday:
Second baseman Dilson Herrera is dealing with inflammation in his surgically repaired right shoulder and hasn’t played in a game since Wednesday.
“He’ll be back in there most likely on [March 4],” Price said. “We don’t see it as a major setback. It’s just part of the recovery of the surgery he had on the back of his shoulder.”
I’m a big fan of Dilson Herrera. The kid is talented, and I really believe that he could be a starter at second base for the Redlegs if he’s healthy.
But forgive me if I’m skeptical. It’s never “a major setback” with him. Yet, Herrera has had shoulder issues consistently, every single year, for each of the last four seasons. Finally, late last season, Herrera underwent surgery on that shoulder.
Hey, maybe this isn’t a major setback. Maybe the shoulder is recovered from last August’s surgery, and he’ll be fine after he works through the soreness or inflammation or whatever it is. I’m perfectly willing to believe that this is nothing to be worried about.
But I’ll believe that Herrera is healthy when I see it. Because he’s had shoulder problems since way before the Reds ever traded for him. And it’s starting to look like those shoulder problems still haven’t gone away.
Which is a shame. Dilson Herrera can help the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. But not if he isn’t healthy. Fingers crossed.