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Mesoraco not ready to join lineup

Price hopes to see catcher return shortly
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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.

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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.

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"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.

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