The Cincinnati Reds will explore using catcher Devin Mesoraco in left field.
Mesoraco has been dealing with a left hip impingement and has not played since May 20. He has not played the field since April 12.
Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said Mesoraco playing a capable outfield is the “way to get him in the lineup every now and again.” He ruled out Mesoraco returning to solely be a pinch-hitter.
”If he can't catch and he can only be a pinch-hitter, his value is so limited that it wouldn't make sense to take up that roster spot if that's all he can do,” Price said.
Mesoraco is still rehabbing, and he would play outfield in a minor league assignment before any attempt to do so with the Reds, Price said.
In 2014, Mesoraco hit .273 with 25 home runs and 80 RBIs in 114 games. He has eight hits in 45 at-bats this season.
Price said if Mesoraco needs surgery, he's been told by doctors that he could have it after the 2015 season and be ready in time for next year.
- Molly Geary