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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%: 29/2 | Average Draft Position: 88.19
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Reds call up Dylan Axelrod, place Manny Parra on DL


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) The Reds recalled RHP Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville. Axelrod was 6-6 with a 4.05 ERA with Louisville, per the Cincinnati Enquirer

Axelrod will replace Manny Parra, who the Reds placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left elbow. The team currently has no timetable for Parra's return.

To clear space on the 40-man roster, the Reds moved catcher Devin Mesoraco to the 60-day disabled list. Mesoraco is out for the season after hip surgery. 


Result of hip surgery for Reds C Devin Mesoraco thrills Price


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a left hip impingement, MLB.com has reported.

Bryan Price expressed joy at the result after hearing from Mesoraco.

"Thumbs up, big thumbs up," Price said. "I've been back and forth with the texts to him. He's very happy."

Mesoraco is expected to miss the rest of the season.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco having hip surgery on June 29


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will have hip surgery in New York on June 29, per the Cincinnati Inquirer

Mesoraco has been battling the injury all season and got shut down on his most recent minor league rehab assignment. 

The surgery appears to be season ending. Mesoraco said he'd be able to do his offseason work on schedule.

"It's disappointing," Mesoraco said, per MLB.com. "I've been trying so long to get it better and get it to the point where I can play, that at this point there's just nothing else that we can do. I feel good about getting it done and moving on to next season."


Triple-A manager says Reds C Devin Mesoraco is clearly still injured


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco played three games with Triple-A Louisville during a rehab assignment but was recently pulled after his injured hip continued to bother him.

Louisville manager Delino DeShields is saying Mesoraco still has a long way to go to recover from the lingering hip issues, per Cincinnati.com.

"He's not going to be the player they want him to be with a bad hip," DeShields told the Courier-Journal Sunday. "I don't care where you put him. … The main thing for him, right now, is to get healthy. It's obvious, to me, that he's injured, and he's not going to get better. It was even hurting him on his swings the other night in Columbus. I just want to see him get healthy, if it's surgery or whatever it is."


Reds' Mesoraco taken off rehab assignment, back to rehabbing hip


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has been taken off his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville after suffering a setback with his hip injury Wednesday, manager Bryan Price said Friday, per MLB.com. 

Mesoraco will return to Cincinnati for rehab work and will be reassessed after the team's road trip. Mesoraco, who hasn't caught since April 12, is trying to make the transition to the outfield.

"We thought he could transition back to the outfield and it hasn't gone as well as we had hoped from a physical standpoint," Price said.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco has soreness after Wednesday's game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Reds catcher/outfielder Devin Mesoraco experienced soreness a day after Wednesday's game with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Mesoraco went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts against Columbus. He's on a rehab assignment due to a hip injury. 

Mesoraco was already scheduled to have Thursday off due to a death in the family and will be re-evaluated on Friday. 


Reds' Devin Mesoraco goes hitless in rehab start


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Reds catcher/outfielder Devin Mesoraco went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Monday. 

It wasn't the result Mesoraco was hoping for in the first game of his rehab assignment. Mesoraco has been recovering from a hip injury that has sidelined him for a good chunk of the season. 

He was replaced by Yorman Rodriguez before he had the chance to make a fourth plate appearance. 

Mesoraco is slated for at least two or three more rehab games before coming back to the Reds. This season, he's hit .178/.275/.244 with two RBI in 45 at-bats.


Reds' Devin Mesoraco (hip) to begin Triple-A rehab Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville in Columbus on Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mesoraco, who said he feels great, will man left field during the rehab assignment in preparation for a new role with the Reds. Manager Bryan Price thinks Mesoraco will need three or four games with Louisville before being activated from the disabled list.

Mesoraco has hit .178/.275/.244 with two RBI in 45 at-bats.


Reds to work Devin Mesoraco in left field to salvage injured season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters that he'll start working injured catcher Devin Mesoraco in left field to see if he can stay play this season, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mesoraco has seen a hip specialist in New York, and the team remains confident he'll be ready for 2016, even if he plays through 2015 and has surgery in the offseason. Price added that he anticipates Mesoraco catching for the Reds in 2016, per MLB.com.

"We're going to continue to prepare him to hit and potentially work with him in the outfield a little bit and see if that's an option moving forward, to see if we can extract some value from him before we write off his season," Price said. "If he can't catch and he can only be a pinch-hitter, his value is so limited that it wouldn't make sense to take up that roster spot if that's all he can do. If he can play the outfield a bit capably, it's a way to get him in the lineup every now and again and let his bat do some influence for our club."

Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list on May 25, after trying to play through a left hip impingement through the early portion of the season. He was limited to only 45 at-bats, and held a slash line of .178/.275/.244 at the time he landed on the shelf.

"I also don't know how quickly we'll be able to assess if this is reasonable to do with Devin," Price said. "What we're doing is looking at it. We're not committing to the fact he's going to be a left fielder. But we're going to look at it before we start talking about 2016 for Devin. We'd like to keep 2015 on the table as an option."


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.