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Reds to activate Devin Mesoraco and Jonathan Broxton from DL early next week

Apr 5, 2014, 4:48 PM EST

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If all goes according to plan, the Reds will have their starting catcher and fill-in closer on the roster early next week.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds manager Bryan Price said today that catcher Devin Mesoraco is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Monday or Tuesday. The 25-year-old backstop suffered an oblique injury toward the end of spring training, but he has made it through two minor league rehab games with Double-A Pensacola without incident.

As for Broxton, he is expected to be activated on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander began the year on the disabled list following forearm surgery last August, but he struck out two over a scoreless inning last night in Double-A. Despite putting up a mediocre 4.11 ERA and 25/12 K/BB ratio over 30 2/3 innings last season when healthy, Broxton is expected to be used in the closer role until Aroldis Chapman is ready to return.

  1. password1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    you know we’re hurting as a team and its fanbase when we’re waiting impatiently for Broxton to get off the DL! Good luck, big guy. I hope you prove us all wrong and have a 3 or lower ERA this year.

  2. junglerat524 - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Thank God all these injuries happened early. This has been crazy. You know its bad when Bozo The Clowns grandson is on the mound. This bullpen is put together with gum, mud & sticks. Hope they can weather the storm. At least every game has been close.

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