• Mesoraco has excelled in the cleanup spot during the two games that normal cleanup hitter Phillips has missed, going deep twice with six RBIs. So when Phillips returns, does he automatically get back the cleanup spot in favor of the red-hot Mesoraco, who was hitting .458 with a 1.760 OPS during the seven-game hitting streak he took into Wednesday?
"I don't want to be the guy that's constantly shuffling the lineup when things are going well for us offensively," Price said. "But with Brandon out, Devin's kind of seized that opportunity and performed in the four-hole. And at least until we get Brandon all the way healthy, then he could be there for that."
• Entering play Wednesday, the Reds' .494 winning percentage at Wrigley Field (433-444-5) is the second best by any team that has played at least 200 games there.
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Carrie Muskat contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.