Devin Mesoraco’s 2 game suspension is over but on Thursday, he was optioned to Triple A Louisville. RHP JJ Hoover was recalled.
That means C Dioner Navarro is staying. This could be more ABs for Mesoraco in Louisville.
Mesoraco was batting .210 with 5 HR and 14 RBI in 52 games — primarily catching Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Reds manager Dusty Baker met with him this afternoon and hoped he can get into a groove and find fun in the game again in Louisville.
Also — Mesoraco can still be eligible for the postseason roster despite this move and could still make the team.
“We’re hoping that’s what the final outcome is,” Baker said. “It depends on him and depends on the progress that he makes. We really want to stress that it has nothing to do with his suspension. This has kind of been dabbled about for a while. We could see his confidence has gone down some. We want to get his confidence back, offensively, defensively, throwing and all kind of ways.
“It’s a tough position like I said in Spring Training when you have a rookie catcher that’s not playing every day and the fact that Hanigan was playing so well.”