Day off for Mesoraco
One of the things that jumped out from Saturday’s Reds lineup was that Devin Mesoraco wasn’t behind the plate one day after coming off of the disabled list from being out with a strained left hamstring. Mesoraco also caught the 3-0 shutout on Friday and hit the game-winning three-run homer.
Manager Bryan Price opted to start Tucker Barnhart at catcher who has worked well with Homer Bailey this year. But that wasn’t the primary reason Mesoraco was out vs. the Phillies. It’s just about trying to be careful.
“Instead of total immersion,” Price said. “He’s going to be our regular catcher. You’re not going to see him catch two out of every five. On his way back from a rehab, I don’t think it makes a great deal of sense to play him every day. Pena will most likely continue to catch Johnny Cueto. That’s been a very good relationship. You’ll see a lot of Devin Mesoraco. He’s going to play tomorrow so I’ll give him today off.”