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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Zack Cozart Scratched...Devin Mesoraco Banged Up In Rehab

Zack Cozart was in the original lineup but was scratched with a sore left wrist.  Devin Mesoraco is due to finish his rehab assignment but was banged up in the play below during his rehab assignment at Pensacola.

Scooter Gennett, who played rightfield on Friday, was penciled in at leftfield on Sunday.  He gave Scott Schebler a day, today Adam Duvall got  the day off.

Cozart’s scratch caused Bryan Price to move Jose Peraza to shortstop and bring Gennett in to play secondbase.  Patrick Kivlehan gets the start in left.

Mesoraco was due to come off the DL by next weekend.  The plan was for him to show he could catch three games in a row to share the catching with Tucker Barnhart.

On Thursday Mesoraco had a collision with a base runner at third base.  You can see the play below....

“Devin got smoked in the knee on a tag play at thirdbase. I don’t believe it is serious at all. I think it was a bunt play,” Bryan Price said.  “The thirdbaseman fielded it and he circled back and tagged the runner who slid in and caught the inside of his knee. He was a little banged up but he caught the rest of the game and caught the next day.  Yesterday was an off day. He was a little bit sore.  I’m trying to find out how he’s feeling this morning to see if he’s in the lineup today or not.”

Mesoraco has been limited to 39 games with three surgeries in the last three years.

“He’s starting to hit,” Price said..  “Not that the hits are important but our staff like the quality of at bats in his last two starts. I’d like to see him comfortable at the plate.  He’s going to share time with Tucker when he comes back”

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