08/31/11 7:58 PM ET
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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Mesoraco set for September callup by Reds
CINCINNATI -- One of the Reds' top prospects, catcher Devin Mesoraco, will be among the September callups to be promoted to the big leagues from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, when rosters are allowed to expand.The Reds' first-round selection in the 2007 Draft, Mesoraco will be in the Majors for the first time. His arrival has been highly anticipated for much of the season. He had to be added to the 40-man roster to be eligible for the callup. "Obviously he's a guy we're going to protect," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It's a chance for him to get some exposure and get used to seeing what it's like in the big leagues. We'll see what he can learn the last month of the season." Mesoraco, 23, is batting .289 with 15 home runs, 71 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage in 120 games with Louisville. He emerged as a prospect to watch last year, when he started to take off offensively. The organization named him its 2010 Minor League Player of the Year after he batted .302 with 26 homers at Louisville and Double-A Carolina. How much playing time Mesoraco will get behind the plate along with veterans Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan is unclear. "I think we'll just have to see," Jocketty said. "We're going to try and give him some playing time, obviously." "Monie and Hany are great catchers," Mesoraco said in July at the All-Star Futures Game in Phoenix. "Somehow, some way it will work out for me at some point. I'm not in any kind of a hurry." Third baseman Juan Francisco, infielder Chris Valaika, pitchers Carlos Fisher, Jared Burton, Matt Maloney, Jeremy Horst will also make the short trip up Interstate 71. Outfielder Chris Heisey will be activated from the 15-day DL, and starting pitchers Edinson Volquez and Travis Wood are expected to join the Reds after Louisville's season ends on Sept. 5. With the exceptions of Mesoraco and Burton, all of the players have been on the big league roster this season. Volquez, the Reds' Opening Day starter this season, has been in his second stint with Louisville since early July. He will make one more start at Triple-A before coming up and might get back into the rotation eventually. "At some point -- we have to try and figure him in some place," Jocketty said. "[Pitching coach] Bryan [Price] is still working on it. He may initially come out of the bullpen. We'll try to get him a start or two."
Reds' Leake 'close' to getting innings capped
CINCINNATI -- In his second professional season, Reds starter Mike Leake has accumulated 152 innings pitched. Leake had 138 1/3 innings for Cincinnati in his 2010 rookie season after jumping from college to the Majors.The Reds plan to cap the 23-year-old Leake's innings limit before the season ends. "He's close," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "He might have another start or two. We'll have to talk to [pitching coach] Bryan [Price] about it in a couple of days and figure out what the right number is. It's pretty soon." In 26 games, including 24 starts Leake is 11-8 with a 4.04 ERA. He has a 3.49 ERA in 17 starts since returning from a brief two-game stint at Triple-A Louisville.
Rolen progressing, but no timetable set
CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is making enough progress that his return could be near. How near remains a mystery.Rolen will not be going on a rehab assignment before any activation from the disabled list. Triple-A Louisville's season ends on Sept. 5. "I don't know if he's ready to quite do that yet," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "When he might be ready, their season is over. He's going to come to St. Louis with us." Rolen had left shoulder surgery on Aug. 3 that removed some bone spurs. He's been hitting and taking ground balls. "He looks pretty good," Baker said. "I'm sure he doesn't have the strength or the timing he'd like to have, but he looks a lot [more free]."
Hermida claimed off waivers by San Diego
CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Jeremy Hermida was claimed off of outright waivers by the Padres on Wednesday. Hermida had been playing at Triple-A Louisville.Hermida was up with the Reds during the first month of the season and batted .111 (2-for-18) with one home run, three RBIs in 10 games. At Louisville, he batted .319 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs. "He had a good year. I hate to lose him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I talked to him briefly. He said he's got an opportunity. He liked it here. He wanted to get back to the big leagues. I always thought he was a pretty good player." Hermida coming off the 40-man roster opened a spot for the Reds to add catching prospect Devin Mesoraco for his big league promotion on Thursday.