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39 Devin Mesoraco C
Height/Weight: 6-1/220 | Birthdate: 6/19/1988 | Birthplace: Punxsutawney, PA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $497,500 | Owned/Started%: 64/10 | Average Draft Position: 88.10
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Reds finally place C Devin Mesoraco (hip) on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) The hip issue that has prevented Reds C Devin Mesoraco from playing since last Wednesday now has him on the 15-day disabled list, the Cincinnati Enquirer has reported.

Mesoraco is dealing with a left hip impingement. The Reds had put off the move in hopes that he could pinch-hit and eventually get back behind the plate.

The loss is another blow to a Cincinnati team that has lost eight in a row. Mesoraco, who emerged as one of the premier hitting catchers in the big leagues last season, was off to a poor start in 2015 with a slash line of .178/.275/.244. He has no home runs, two runs scored and a mere two RBI in 45 at-bats.


Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco suffers setback with hip injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco suffered a setback with the impingement in his left hip, leaving his status for the rest of the season in jeopardy, per MLB.com. Mesoraco, who has not been able to catch in a game since April 12, has been limited to pinch-hitting or designated-hitter duty.

He was initially optimistic after testing his hip by doing some crouching Tuesday in Kansas City. However, he tried squatting 15 times and giving signs on Friday, and that didn't go as well.

"In Kansas City, it went OK. But afterwards it started feeling like it did at the beginning. [Friday] we went out there and I had a hard time getting through what I was supposed to do," Mesoraco said. "It didn't go very well."

Mesoraco was expected to DH in all five games in AL parks this week. But after playing in both games at Kansas City, he wasn't in the lineup Friday or Saturday at Cleveland and might not be in the lineup for the foreseeable future.

"I think he'll be available to pinch-hit, but I don't think at this point in time, he'll be ready to be even a four or five at-bat designated hitter today and tomorrow," manager Bryan Price said. "I just don't think we're going to see a lot of Devin here in the days and weeks to come.

"The decision to be made by Devin and the club is pending so I'd rather not say what the next course of action is. I don't anticipate him being able to influence our club as a regular player any time soon."

Mesoraco, who might need surgery, said he plans to go over his options with the medical staff after the current road trip.

"I certainly haven't been able to do a whole lot this year to help the team," he saiid. "That's definitely been very tough for me. I expected to come in, hit in the middle of the lineup, catch every day and it hasn't worked out like that."


Devin Mesoraco (hip) not in Reds' starting lineup at Cleveland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not included in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against Cleveland.

Mesoraco has been limited to DH duties because of left hip impingement he suffered in early April. He has appeared in the last two games, and only four games since April 11. He has been taking part in catching drills recently and should be cleared to catch a bullpen session over the weekend.

Mesoraco is hitting .178 (8 for 45) with a double, a triple and two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+145) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco does catching drills


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was able to do catching drills before Tuesday's game. Mesoraco suffered a left hip impingement in early April and hasn't played catcher since. 

Mesoraco said he was able to get into a catcher's squat about 15 times, per MLB.com. He also simulated throwing to second base, at 20 percent effort, about 15 times. 

At least I know I can get into squat position, which I hadn't done for 30-something days," Mesoraco said. "It's good. Definitely baby steps. We're not going to go crazy because those muscles haven't been used. It's going to be a slow process."

Mesoraco hopes to catch a bullpen session this weekend. 


Reds' Devin Mesoraco in lineup Tuesday as DH vs. Royals


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Devin Mesoraco is in the Reds' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals. As expected, with the team in an American League ballpark, Mesoraco will have the chance to be the designated hitter. 

Mesoraco is batting eighth in the order for manager Bryan Price. He has been limited to pinch-hit and DH duties for most of the season due to a hip impingement. He has just six hits in 39 at-bats this season. 

Price said that Mesoraco will do some catching activities on Tuesday, as he hopes to have him back behind the plate in the near future. 


Reds' Brayan Pena batting second Sunday, Mesoraco still out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds catcher Brayan Pena is batting second in Sunday's game against the Giants as Devin Mesoraco remains out of the lineup.

It's the first time this season Pena has hit higher than sixth, and most of his starts have come while batting seventh or eighth. However, manager Bryan Price is looking to stack the top of the lineup with players who have higher OBPs, resulting in center fielder Billy Hamilton being moved down to the eighth spot and shortstop Zack Cozart remaining in the leadoff spot for a second straight day.

Pena has hit .341/.415/.390 with four RBI in 82 at-bats. The Reds are slight favorites (-108) at home Sunday.


Reds C Devin Mesoraco out of lineup again Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) A hip ailment continues to plague Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, who is not in the lineup Saturday against San Francisco.

Mesoraco has been used sparingly recently with surgery an option if the pain in his hip persists. He has just five hits all season as his slash line has suffered. It is currently a very weak .135/.216/.238.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco hopes to try catching soon, surgery looms


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) The Reds will be play another series in an American League ballpark next week when they take on the Royals in Kansas City. This will allow slugger Devin Mesoraco to be the designated hitter, as he continues to recover from a hip impingment. Mesoraco, who caught 109 games for the Reds in 2014, hasn't been behind the plate since April 12. 

Mesoraco is expected to test the hip by catching shortly after the series with the Royals, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. While he is hoping to wait until after the season to have surgery, if the pain intensifies, he may opt to have the surgery mid-season. Heyman notes that the recovery time from this type of surgery is usually around four months, which would essentially end his season.


Reds' Phillips gets the green light; Mesoraco remains sidelined


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup and is batting sixth, while catcher Devin Mesoraco remained sidelined Friday night against San Francisco, per MLB.com.

Phillips suffered a sore big toe on Tuesday after striking out three times. He is hitting .311 (37 for 119) with one home run, 15 RBI and a .345 on-base percentage this season.

"He's had the 48 hours of recovery time," Price said of Phillips. "He had a lot of treatment. He's been seen by a foot specialist and all those things. We don't force our players to play. We have to make sure that they’re comfortable being on the field. Most of them, if not all of them, are slightly banged up right now anyway. It's just part of the grind of a long season."

Mesoraco hasn't been in the starting lineup as a catcher since April 11. He plated the winning run as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday. He is hitting .143 (5 for 35) with two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+125) at home against the Giants, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip) to make decision on surgery soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco expects to try and catch a bullpen session sometime next week, and the results could cause him to make a decision on whether to undergo surgery on his injured hip, MLB.com reports.

"That's kind of the time," Mesoraco said on Thursday. "We have to see if it's going to work out. It's been over a month [since catching]. If it's going to work, it's going to happen at that time. If it isn't, we'll know at that time. At this point, it's time to figure it out."

Mesoraco has functioned as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter (when possible) while dealing with a left hip impingement. He said he's felt better in recent days, but the catching attempt could lead to a final decision on possible surgery.

"I guess I'm optimistic I will be able to catch in a relatively close amount of time," Mesoraco said. "I haven't done any catching drills for 30-some days. At some point I'll probably have to get some practice, get back there and get some work in. But I think at this point I'm going to be able to catch, or I'm going to get the surgery. We're not going to keep pinch-hitting the whole year, I know that. We have these DH games, which will help. After that, if the catching goes well, which I am optimistic it will, then we'll catch. If it doesn't, then we'll make another decision."


Reds' Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco get the red light


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and catcher Devin Mesoraco were both held out of the starting lineup Thursday night against San Francisco, per MLB.com.

Phillips suffered a sore big toe on Tuesday after striking out three times. He is hitting .311 (37 for 119) with one home run, 15 RBI and a .345 on-base percentage this season.

Mesoraco drove in the winning run on Tuesday, but has not been in the starting lineup as a catcher since April 11. He is hitting .143 (5 for 35) with two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is favored (-165) at home against the Giants.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco gets GW hit; says he'll be back catching soon


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Devin Mesoraco delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off RBI double for the Reds on Tuesday and said afterwards that he expects to return behind the plate soon to catch, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Mesoraco caught the team's first five games of the season before being limited to a pinch-hitting and designated-hitting role due to a hip issue.

"I haven't done it before," Mesoraco said of the walk-off hit. "I've had situations where I wish I could have done it. I'm just thankful I got a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it."

Mesoraco is hitting .118 in 34 at-bats this season.


Reds' Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (wrist) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

Cozart was scratched Monday due to wrist soreness and replaced by Kris Negron, who is at shortstop Tuesday and batting seventh. Manager Bryan Price does not believe Cozart will require a stint on the disabled list.

"Not at this point in time," Price said, per MLB.com. "We haven't gotten that type of feedback from Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. He could be in there [Wednesday]. That's where we are. He's been getting some treatment. I was certainly hoping there would be more improvement from yesterday to today, and there wasn't. We'll make sure we check all avenues to make sure there isn't something more significant."

Mesoraco has been limited to pinch-hit duty by a hip injury for most of the season.

The Reds are favorites (-145) against the Braves Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds C Devin Mesoraco (hip) back to bench


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, who saw his first action since April 11 as the designated hitter when the team was in Chicago, was not in the starting lineup for Monday's game, as he continues to recover from the hip impingement that has sidelined him for most of the year. 

Mesoraco had two hits Sunday, doubling his total on the year, but will be limited to pinch-hitting duty for the time being now that the Reds are playing NL teams. Despite his injury potentially being serious enough to require surgery, the Reds have resisted placing him on the disabled list since he can still hit and run, per MLB.com. 

"It's definitely nice to play but you want to help out. If I go out there and don't help, it's no fun," he said.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco smacks RBI triple Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Reds designated hitter Devin Mesoraco went 2 for 4 with an RBI triple in his team's 4-3 loss to the White Sox Sunday.

Mesoraco has been limited by a hip injury for much of the year, but he was able to make two starts this weekend while serving as the designated hitter. He had just two hits on the season coming into Sunday's game before doubling his total in one day.

Mesoraco has hit .118/.231/.176 with one stolen base in 34 at-bats. With the Reds leaving Chicago to return to non-DH action, the catcher will likely be limited to pinch-hit duty in the immediate future.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip) in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting sixth and serving as the designated hitter in his team's matchup with the White Sox.

Mesoraco made his first start since April 11 in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, as he's been limited to pinch-hit duty while dealing with a hip impingement. With the option to serve as designated hitter off the table after Sunday's game, Mesoraco will likely return to pinch-hit duty while trying to rehab the injury. He's just 2 for 30 on the season.

The Reds are underdogs (+110) in Chicago Sunday.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco in starting lineup for Game 2


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Reds' Devin Mesoraco is back in the starting lineup for game 2 against the White Sox on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Mesoraco is slotted as the designated hitter and will bat sixth. It will be his second start since April 11 with a hip injury, although he has been able to come on as a pinch hitter over the last couple of weeks.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip) in starting lineup as DH on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Devin Mesoraco is back in the Reds' starting lineup on Friday against the White Sox. Mesoraco, who hasn't started a game since April 11 due to a hip injury, is listed as the designated hitter and cleanup hitter for manager Bryan Price. 

Mesoraco has been able to pinch hit over the last few weeks, but has not recorded a hit since his last start. He has just two hits on the season overall. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart, C Devin Mesoraco both out Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Two key Reds players remain out of the lineup for the Thursday game in Pittsburgh. Both shortstop Zack Cozart (finger) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are sidelined.

Cozart was removed from the Sunday game and has yet to return. He was able to take batting practice Thursday and made 40 throws Wednesday, reports MLB.com.

"There is still inflammation in there right now, but it just feels way better. I swung, took soft toss, and did my normal routine and it felt really good," Cozart said. "Swinging was obviously my biggest concern and [Thursday] was a good day, so far at least."

Manager Bryan Price did not rule out Cozart playing in Friday's game, reports MLB.com.

"I think it's more realistic to look and see where he is [Friday] as far as a potential start," Price said.

Mesoraco has played sparingly since April 11 and is considering surgery, which would take him away from the Reds for about a month.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip) likely to get surgery at some point


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco acknowledged Tuesday that his hip injury will likely require surgery to correct, but he's trying all possible treatments first, MLB.com reports.

"It's something that down the line, hopefully, is probably going to have to get fixed," Mesoraco said. "At this point, it's not an option because of how much of the season we have left. At some point, it's probably going to come into the picture."

Mesoraco would be on the shelf for four months if he undergoes surgery.

"We're trying to do everything we can to stop that from happening," he said. "We're trying to do the best we can to be able to finish the season before it's something that I do have to look at getting fixed."

Manager Bryan Price said that the team has not explored using him at different positions on the field in National League parks to get him on the field more regularly.

"I don't know if it's something that could happen this year," Price said. "It might be a question that's more pertinent if we come to the conclusion that he can't catch for some reason with his injury, long term -- meaning this season. But we haven't gotten to that point."

Mesoraco is likely to see time at designated hitter this weekend when the Reds play in an American League park and looking forward to the opportunity.

"This is definitely not easy sitting on the bench watching the guys and not being able to be out there and help them," Mesoraco said. "Hopefully this will give me a chance to get back in there."


Reds' Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (finger) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Cozart sustained a finger injury while misplaying a groundball Sunday. It's the first time this season that the Reds haven't used him at shortstop to start the game. Kris Negron, who replaced Cozart Sunday, will bat seventh and play the position. Manager Bryan Price did say that Cozart is available to play Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mesoraco hasn't been in the starting lineup since the fifth game of the season but could see some starts later this week at designated hitter when the Reds play in an American League park.

The Reds are underdogs (+135) in Pittsburgh Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds' Hamilton, Byrd, Mesoraco out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Reds outfielders Billy Hamilton and Marlon Byrd are joining catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) on the bench for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Hamilton is getting a break after making 11 straight starts out of the leadoff spot, while Byrd has seen 11 straight starts in left field. It's just a regular day off for both players, who will get a two-day break due to the team's scheduled off-day Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Both Hamilton and Byrd are available if needed Sunday. With the pair out, Skip Schumaker will lead off and play left field, while Brennan Boesch will bat seventh and play center field.

Mesoraco hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since the first week of the season, as he's continued to rehab from a left hip impingement while remaining on the active roster.

The Reds are road favorites (-142) in Atlanta with Johnny Cueto on the mound.


Devin Mesoraco may DH for Reds' interleague games


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been limited to four pinch hitting appearances since he suffered a hip inpingement on April 12. 

"This is a guy who would be hitting fourth right now if he were healthy enough to be behind the plate. He's a middle-of-the-order guy," manager Bryan Price said, per Cincinnati.com

Mesoraco may get consistent playing time this week, as the Reds are scheduled to play an interleague series on the road against the White Sox. That means their lineup will include a designated hitter. 

"Yeah. I think I could," Mesoraco said. "If I went out there and hit, that's not going to bother anything."

Reds' Jocketty on Mesoraco: He is 7-10 days away from catching


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco continues to be held out of the starting lineup due to a hip impingement, as he missed a 16th straight start Wednesday vs. Milwaukee. Tucker Barnhart made his third start of the season Wednesday.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear Mesoraco is closer to being back in the starting lineup. General manager Walt Jocketty said Wednesday that Mesoraco is still 7-10 days away from catching, per MLB Network Radio.

"The hip is getting better," Jocketty said. "We hope to have him catching in the next two weeks."

Mesoraco has been able to pinch-hit since the last time he started April 11. He is 0 for 2 with two walks and one strikeout as a pinch-hitter. He has also been hit by a pitch in that span.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco remains out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.

Mesoraco hasn't started since April 12 while recovering from a hip impingement, but he's served as a pinch-hitter sporadically over the last week. Bryan Pena draws the start at catcher and bats eighth Tuesday.

The Reds are heavy favorites (-190) against the Brewers Tuesday with Johnny Cueto on the mound.