Mesoraco has hamstring injury
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco would normally catch with Tony Cingrani on the mound but as you saw in my earlier lineup post, it’s Ryan Hanigan. Noticeable last night was that Corky Miller was used ahead of Mesoraco in extra innings. Mesoraco did not enter until the 13th inning.
It turns out that Mesoraco has been bothered by a sore left hamstring since the series at Colorado.
“It’s been like that for a few days,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I was trying not to use him under any circumstances last night. I was trying not to use him to start off an inning. If he runs first [base] to home or first to third, then he could blow it out and be gone for a while.”
“It’s not a bad thing at all,” Mesoraco said. “I think Dusty at this point in the year doesn’t want it to be something that lingers around. Just get it out of there and be done with it.”
When he batted in the 14th inning with a runner on first base, Mesoraco was instructed to bunt in a situation he might be normally expected to swing away. However, Baker said that was not because of the hamstring issue.
“He’s a double play man,” Baker said. “He pulls the ball a lot on the ground. Bunting is a part of winning. If you bunt and you’re not successful, it’s ‘why did you bunt?’ If you don’t bunt and he hits into a double play and the inning is over, it’s ‘how come you didn’t bunt?’ I talked to him today. He’s got to work on bunting.”
Other quick notes:
*RHP Mat Latos was struck hard in the lower right leg by a batting practice foul ball that got through the cage off Bronson Arroyo’s bat. Latos was limping off of the field and I could see the red welt already forming on his leg. UPDATE: Latos returned to the field about 30 minutes later and appeared to be fine.
*RHP Johnny Cueto (lat) threw 40 pitches in the bullpen and LHP Sean Marshall (shoulder) threw 30 pitches. Asked to rate the sessions, head trainer Paul Lessard said Cueto was “close to a 10,” while he gave Marshall “eight.” Both pitchers will have another bullpen session on Saturday.