Ailing catcher Mesoraco nearing return for Reds

Out since Sunday with quad cramp, 2014 All-Star eyeing Wednesday start

Ailing catcher Mesoraco nearing return for Reds

PHOENIX -- Devin Mesoraco was out of the lineup again Tuesday after suffering a cramp in his left quadriceps over the weekend, but manager Bryan Price tentatively has the Reds catcher penciled into Wednesday's lineup against the D-backs.

"I'm optimistically thinking that he'll be ready to play tomorrow," Price said Tuesday morning. "[What I don't want to do with injured players] is to put them in there and find out they can't go, or shouldn't go."

In the top of the third inning Sunday against the Angels, Mesoraco pulled up as he was running from first to third base on a double by Brennan Boesch. He immediately walked off the field, and thinking it was a more serious injury, spiked his helmet to the ground.

Mesoraco reported a little tightness Monday, but it appears the 2014 National League All-Star will be good to go Wednesday and for the start of the regular season.

Mesoraco is batting .214 with two home runs and four RBIs in 11 games this spring. He also missed a week earlier this month with a concussion from a foul tip off of his catcher's mask.

Other news from Tuesday:

• Right-hander Johnny Cueto will make his first Cactus League start since March 15 on Wednesday against the D-backs after building up his arm in Minor League games. The Reds hope Cueto will be able to throw about 85-90 pitches in his final spring tuneup before taking the mound Opening Day against the Pirates.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.