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Monday, May 2, 2016

Devin Mesoraco Disabled Zack Cozart Sits Homer Bailey Shut Down For Now

Devin Mesoraco was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday with a torn labrum in his left shoulder (non-throwing).  Ramon Cabrera was recalled from Triple A Louisville.

Mesoraco, who had hip surgery in June, was off to a slow start, was hitting .140 with just seven hits and only one for extra bases.  Cabrera was hitting .259 in Louisville.

Mesoraco was examined by Dr. Timothy Kremchek before the game.

Zack Cozart is sitting out Monday's game with tendinitis in his surgically repaired right knee.  He left the game Sunday after running out a double.

 “I don’t know a whole lot more. It seems to be tendinitis," Bryan Price said.. "It’s very irritating. It’s exacerbated by cutting and stopping. We’re going to give him the day today, but that doesn’t mean he’s unusable. The doctor told him it was something to expect. There are certain degrees. Sometimes, it’s more painful than others. When it’s first aggravated, it’s an acute, sharp pain. It’s something he’ll have to deal with for most of the year.”

Jon Moscot's left (non throwing) shoulder is bothering him.  Moscot had surgery on it after separating it last year in a rundown.  He was scheduled to start on Tuesday but the Reds may recall Robert Stephenson or Cody Reed.

“He went to see Kremchek today, so we’ll know more later," Price said. "Hopefully, we’ll know in time to make an announcement. It was bothering him enough that we were concerned about whether he’d be able to pitch tomorrow. We have to be confident that he’s capable of satisfying our protocols before we’ll let him pitch. We should know soon enough to make a decision.”
Possibility of seeing Stephenson or Reed?
“We have not made a decision. I don’t expect that you’ll see them in our immediate future, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be here.” 
Reed has been exceptional at Louisville.  Reed is 2-0 in three starts with a 1.62 ERA. He walked five and struck out 17.
 “His game reports are off the charts. He’s a mature kid. He’s a guy I anticipate being here this season," Price said. 
Homer Bailey has been temporarily shut down with "weird" soreness.
“Yeah, we’re shutting it down for a few days," Bailey said. "I threw quite a lot of pitchers per inning my last time out. It felt fine during the game, but the next day, there was some weird soreness. We decided to shut it down and not take any chances.”
Bailey will be off about five days to a week, taking anti-imflammatories
“You have to expect setbacks," Bailey said.. "We just didn’t have any before now. Unfortunately, it came right before we were trying to stretch it out. The strength is there. The endurance is there. It’s just that I had to throw like 80 pitches in four innings. The last thing I want to do is get a month into playing and then have to shut it down.”

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