Mesoraco not ready to join lineup

Price hopes to see catcher return shortly

Mesoraco not ready to join lineup

MILWAUKEE -- Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco made his first game appearance in nine days on Tuesday, when he drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of a 16-10 win over the Brewers, but he remained out of the starting lineup Wednesday with a left-hip ailment.

"Hitting's not like riding a bike, but it's not like you have to re-learn how to swing a bat," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's timing more than anything, and it's impossible to simulate what it's like to face Major League pitching when you're not playing. I was impressed by the at-bat for sure. He was on time, and I'm sure he'd love to be in there.

"Hopefully, we'll see him in the next couple days. He'll be able to resume baseball activities as a catcher and not just a pinch-hitter."

Mesoraco, who has two hits in 21 at-bats this season, has already participated in running and agility tests.

JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.