Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco finds himself back on the 15 day disabled list for the second time in this young season following an injury Friday night in Atlanta.
Mesoraco was rounding third and heading to home when he noticeably started to limp following a strained left hamstring. Mesoraco did score on the play but was immediately pulled in favor Brayan Pena.
Louisville Riverbats catcher Tucker Barnhart has been called up to back up Pena. Barnhardt started the season with the Reds while Mesoraco finished up his first stint on the DL. The young catcher from Brownsburg, Indiana batted .250 while he was up with the Reds.
This is a massively unfortunate injury for the Reds. Mesoraco has been the hottest bat for the Reds since rejoining the team on April 8th. In 13 games this season the fourth year catcher is batting an outstanding .468 with a .509 on base percentage and 10 runs scored.
With Mesoraco out Brayan Pena becomes the number one catcher for the Reds for at least the next 15 days. Pena is batting .313 in 12 games in his first season with the Reds.
“It’s hard to tell right now, because it’s so early, the next couple of days we’ll see how it responds to the treatment and my goal is to make it back on the 16th day,” Mesoraco told the Cincinnati Enquire. That is encouraging news for Reds fans, it seems to indicate Mesoraco does not believe the injury to be that extensive.
The Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of a 17 consecutive game streak without a day off. They play in Atlanta Sunday afternoon before coming back to Cincinnati for a 7 game home stand.