7/10/2013 7:52 P.M. ET
Reds' catchers ailing, but gutting it out for team
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Despite being bothered by back spasms that kept him out on Tuesday, Devin Mesoraco was the catcher for Reds starter Mike Leake on Wednesday against the Brewers.
"Mes said he was OK, and he usually catches Leake," Reds manager Dusty Baker said before the 6-2 win over the Brewers in which Mesoraco had a sacrifice fly and threw out a runner trying to steal second. "They've worked pretty well together. He got here early for treatment like you're supposed to do. When you get here as early as he did, it shows you might be ready or are trying to get ready."
The catching situation is tenuous for the Reds because Ryan Hanigan has been dealing with a sore left wrist this week. Hanigan, who received a cortisone shot on Monday, caught for Tony Cingrani on Tuesday, and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
"I'm trying to do what I can to help the guys. I got a shot the day before. It's still pretty sore," Hanigan said. "I was trying to focus on defense, helping Cingrani and everything. It's like a MASH unit in here right now."
Often players will sit out a couple of days after getting a cortisone injection.
"We didn't really have the option with our team's situation," Hanigan said.
Hanigan has had a tough season with injuries. He was on the disabled list with both a strained left oblique and a sore right thumb from April 21-May 10.
"It's ridiculous. It's frustrating," Hanigan said. "But we've got a lot of season left, so I'll be trying to use the All-Star break to really mend up to make a good push to help the team in the second half."
Heisey held out after getting plunked on arm
MILWAUKEE -- Reds left fielder Chris Heisey was wearing a long compression sleeve over his left arm Wednesday morning. One day after being hit above his elbow by a 95-mph fastball from Wily Peralta, Heisey was fortunate to not be wearing a cast.
Heisey had to leave the game after being drilled by Peralta in the top of the second inning. X-rays were negative, but he was out of the lineup on Wednesday.
"To be honest with you, it's feeling pretty good," Heisey said. "When I woke up this morning, I couldn't make a fist. There was a lot of swelling in my hand. They got a lot of that out. I can squeeze. I couldn't button my own shirt … but it's loosened up pretty good."
The timing of the injury was unfortunate considering Heisey has been one of the Reds' few hot hitters, batting .368 (7-for-19) with two homers in his last nine games since coming back from a hamstring injury he suffered at the end of April. But he expects to avoid the disabled list this time.
"The main reason I don't have the mobility is the swelling. Once we get that out, I should be all right," Heisey said. "Tomorrow or the next day, I can probably swing again. It's not broken, so once I can tolerate it, I will be back out there."
Xavier Paul replaced Heisey in left field, getting his first start since Friday. Paul, who pinch-hit the last two days, had been out with a sore right arm after hitting the wall in foul territory against the Mariners. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Brewers.
Marshall's bullpen session goes smoothly
MILWAUKEE -- Two words could probably best describe Reds reliever Sean Marshall's rehab from the sprained left shoulder that put him on the disabled list.
Slow and steady.
Marshall had his latest bullpen session on Tuesday, when coaches stood in at the plate to simulate batters.
"It went well. I struck all of the coaches out," Marshall joked.
Marshall threw 42 pitches, and said he was using maximum effort.
"It went great," Marshall said. "I used all of my pitches -- backdoor sliders, curveballs -- mixing pitches like it would be in a game. I'm not sore today."
Marshall, who went on the DL for the second time on May 24, has been throwing off of a mound for nearly two weeks. But there have been no plans made yet for a rehab assignment.
"I feel like I could definitely get some hitters out right now," said Marshall, who will throw another bullpen session either Thursday or Friday in Atlanta. "I think it's just a matter of making sure I'm completely ready and not rushing back. The bullpen has done an excellent job lately."
• Major League Baseball and People magazine on Wednesday announced 30 winners of the "Tribute for Heroes" campaign, which recognizes veterans and military service members who build upon both organizations' commitment to honoring our country's heroes.
Joseph Carroll of Blue Ash, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, was selected by fans to represent the Reds at the 2013 All-Star Game.
Carroll joined the military shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, and served as an Army Ranger. Upon returning home, he founded Helping Hands of Cincinnati, a non-profit that helps families fight the financial burdens of cancer.