It’s been a long road to recovery for Reds all-star catcher Devin Mesoraco who will join the Reds in St. Louis Friday, after being re-instated off the disabled list.
Mesoraco has played in just 39 games for the Reds over the last two season while battling injuries and just finished a 20-day rehab assignment to open the season.
He has proven to be a big contributor to the offense when healthy. Mesoraco belted 25 home runs and drove in 80 runs with a .273 batting average in his 2014 all-star season, but hasn’t been the same since. His last home run in a Reds uniform came nearly 1,000 days ago to the date.
The Reds are now carrying three catchers on their 25-man roster with Stuart Turner, Tucker Barnhart and Mesoraco. Mesoraco and Barnhart are expected to split time behind the plate.
The Reds demoted reliever Barrett Astin to Louisville to create room for Mesoraco on the roster, leaving the bullpen with seven current pitchers.