04/23/2013 7:35 PM ET
Miller gets start to catch Cingrani
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Called up from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday when catcher Ryan Hanigan went on the disabled list, Corky Miller started behind the plate for the Reds on Tuesday vs. the Cubs. It was the 37-year-old Miller's first start in the big leagues for Cincinnati since Sept. 29, 2010.
Devin Mesoraco has caught the last three games, totaling 35 innings because of two extra-innings marathons.
"I'm fine. I feel like I can catch as many as we play, no matter when it is," Mesoraco said. "It's different in the big leagues, I think, because the stakes are much higher. I feel like I trained for this in the offseason, to play every day and catch as many innings as they want."
Tony Cingrani, who was called up from Louisville to replace injured ace Johnny Cueto in the rotation, was paired with Miller.
"[Miller] is catching Cingrani tonight because he knows Cingrani," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Mesoraco had to call him to ask advice about how to catch Cingrani. Now we have the advice-giver in house."
When Miller came up, Mesoraco invited him to stay at his place. He has looked to the veteran for advice on working with pitchers and dealing with various situations.
"I've got an extra bedroom. I figured if he wanted to stay with me instead of at a hotel, come on over," Mesoraco said. "He's a good buddy. He's always available to talk to and he's been around for so long. I feel like we get along. We don't really talk about baseball much after games."
Marshall to get second start in Triple-A rehab stint
CINCINNATI -- It wasn't enough that lefty Sean Marshall threw his scoreless inning in a rehab assignment game for Triple-A Louisville on Monday night. Marshall had to feel good Tuesday as well.
"I feel great," Marshall said Tuesday afternoon. "My arm bounced back good and I'm ready to pitch tomorrow."
Marshall, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 10 (retroactive to April 8) because of tendinitis in his left shoulder, will make another appearance on Wednesday when the Bats host Gwinnett.
"I will be in the mix with the relievers tomorrow. Instead of starting a game, I will come in in relief like I usually would do," Marshall said.
When Marshall started for Louisville at Indianapolis on Monday, he threw 12 pitches -- including eight strikes -- in his lone inning.
"It felt like my starting pitcher days. I got to throw in the first inning," Marshall said. "It's been a while since I've done that. I treated it like a relief appearance. I was warming up at about 6:57 [p.m.] and while the other pitcher was throwing in the top of the inning, I pretty much went from the bullpen to the mound.
"Everything felt good. I took it like it was a real game. I threw all of my pitches -- curveballs, sliders and fastballs. Everything felt good coming out of my hand."
What happens after Wednesday remains unknown. Marshall became eligible for activation on Tuesday.
Broxton feels healthy after taking liner off hand
CINCINNATI -- Reliever Jonathan Broxton felt like he was good to go if the Reds needed him Tuesday. On Monday in the eighth inning vs. the Cubs, Broxton took a Nate Schierholtz line drive off of his pitching hand and exited immediately.
X-rays were negative.
"When it hit me, it went numb," Broxton said. "In two or three minutes, it was fine. I tried to stay in there. [Manager] Dusty [Baker] wouldn't let me. He wanted me to get X-rays and stuff, which was the smart thing to do in case it was a fracture."
Berry undergoing cancer treatment; visits clubhouse
CINCINNATI -- Reds third-base coach Mark Berry visited the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon for the first time in a couple of weeks. Berry has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which was diagnosed last month.
Being treated at University Hospital, Berry is three weeks into a seven-week program of chemotherapy and radiation. Bench coach Chris Speier has been in his place on the coaching line at third base while Miguel Cairo has served as bench coach, which was to be Berry's role if he could have remained on the job during treatment.
"He's not looking as good as he's feeling," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Berry. "The chemo affects people in different ways. He's not close to [returning to] the bench. We're just happy he has the energy to come around.
"Hopefully in a month when it's over with, he'll be fine. In the meantime, we're lucky we have Miggy, and Chris Speier at third base."