Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reds bitten by injury bug yet again

The injury bug seems to be quite fond of Reds players.

On Saturday, another member of the team succumbed to an ailment after Cincinnati placed catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. This is already the second trip to the disabled list for Mesoraco after he started the season on it with an oblique strain. When he returned, though, he was one of baseball's hottest hitters before suffering the injury Friday night against the Braves, batting .468/.509/.787 with three home runs in 13 games.

Tucker Barnhart was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Mesoraco's place on the active roster. Barnhart made two starts for the Reds earlier this season and went 2-for-8 in his brief stint in the big leagues.

Mesoraco joins a rather crowded list of injured Reds players which includes Jack Hannahan (shoulder), Mat Latos (strained flexor tendon), Brett Marshall (strained tendon), Skip Schumaker (dislocated shoulder), Trevor Bell (right elbow inflammation), and of course, Aroldis Chapman (facial surgery).

Meanwhile, Todd Frazier is listed as day-to-day after straining his left groin during Friday's game in Atlanta. He wasn't in the lineup on Saturday, but is penciled in to make the start at third base on Sunday.


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