Mesoraco resumes activity, but not game action

Mesoraco resumes activity, but not game action

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Baseball life for Devin Mesoraco is getting closer to normal again after he suffered a concussion on Saturday. The Reds' catcher, who took a foul tip off his mask on Saturday vs. the Royals, has resumed baseball activity.

"I did some baseball stuff [Wednesday] and didn't experience any problems, so it shouldn't be too much longer," Mesoraco said on Thursday. "I hit on the field, stretched with everybody, did basically [what] I would do if I wasn't playing. No problem."

Mesoraco was not in Thursday's lineup against the D-backs, and it remained unclear when he would get into his next game.

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"It's a day-by-day thing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He'll have to graduate to catching in the bullpen and make sure everything is fine in that regard, pass all the testing protocols the trainers put him through and Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. Then we'll get him back in there."

Other injury items of note for Thursday:

• Right fielder Jay Bruce (strained right calf) could be back in the lineup on Friday night vs. the Dodgers after missing games on Wednesday and Thursday.

"He's got another day and a half to get a little treatment," Price said. "It's along the lines of Brandon [Phillips] and Todd [Frazier], as they probably could have played, but there's no reason at all to put them in the lineup if they're not feeling great this time of year."

• Center fielder Billy Hamilton remains day to day with a sore right shoulder, but he came out of Wednesday's first batting practice without problems. Hamilton hurt his shoulder in a wall collision vs. the Cubs on Friday.

"We just want to make sure the shoulder is pain-free, that he has full range of motion," Price said. "They do all the exercises with him and … want to make sure all of that inflammation and soreness is out of there before we cut him loose. I don't think it will be much longer for Billy."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.