Two former District 9 baseball players made Major League Baseball opening-day rosters, although one is technically in action because he’s on the disabled list.
Punxsutawney’s Devin Mesoraco, who was slated to be the Cincinnati Reds’ starting catcher, will start the season on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21 with a left oblique injury. In his place will be Tucker Barnhart, who will now back up Bryan Pena.
When Mesoraco returns, it’ll be his fourth season on the Reds’ major league roster. Last year, he hit .238 with 9 home runs and 42 RBIs in 103 games and 323 at-bats. In his 175-game MLB career, he’s hit 16 home runs with a .225 average.
Meanwhile in Seattle, former St. Marys graduate and Kersey native Joe Beimel made the Mariners’ opening-day roster as a left-handed reliever. Beimel, who turns 37 April 19, will be seeing his first MLB action since the end of the 2011 season.
Beimel underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow and missed the 2012 regular season after learning of his injury while trying to make the Texas Rangers roster in spring training. He pitched in the minor leagues for the Atlanta Braves last year and signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners in the offseason.
Beimel was 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in eight appearances covering 7 1/3 innings in Cactus League play this spring, which was good enough to make former Pirates manager Lloyd McLendon’s roster.
In his 12th MLB season, Beimel has made 567 appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that drafted him in the 18th round in 1998, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies. He’s 24-32 lifetime with a 4.21 ERA.