Now is the time of spring training when a team wants all of its players healthy and ready to go, but for the Cincinnati Reds, the list of injured grew longer on Friday.
During a 9-3 victory over the Royals, outfielder Skip Schumaker attempted to make a diving catch, but the ball fell out of reach. To make matters worse, Schumaker had to exit the game after the play as he injured his left shoulder.
He was signed this offseason to fill a number of roles for the Reds as he has experience in the outfield and second base while providing a bat from the left side. He's even pitched in three innings during his nine year career that features a 2011 World Series victory with the Cardinals.
Another Red fighting the injury bug is catcher Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco is set to be the Reds no.1 catcher after Ryan Hanigan was traded to the Rays in December. He is currently sidelined with a strained oblique that he noticed while taking batting practice. If for any reason the injury lingers into Opening Day, then the Reds would call upon Brayan Pena to the catching. Veteran Corky Miller serves as the Reds third option, but will most likely begin the year in Louisville.
Time is running out for the Reds to get healthy and set their roster as Opening Day is only nine days away.