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.

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Last night was a “giveaway game” and that is certainly disappointing. You would think that with 140 games of practice virtually every situation would have enough history that would make each play “automatic”. Base running continues to be a problem for the Reds.
On a different note…I know the opposing pitchers handle Joey Votto like he is poison ivy. He doesn’t get too many pitches to hit. Up until the past 30 days he would select a pitch he could handle and hit it for a hit. Lately he seems to be swinging at good and bad pitches. There’s been more than normal “called and swinging 3rd strikes. Also his power numbers seem to be down and hitting with runners in scoring position seem to be down as well. I’m not trying to be funny, but has he had his eyesight checked lately?

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