On comeback trail, Mesoraco plays first game

Reds catcher, limited to 39 games over past two seasons, feels 'great'

On comeback trail, Mesoraco plays first game

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As Bronson Arroyo pitched for the first time in a Cactus League game this spring for the Reds, catcher Devin Mesoraco also saw his first action in Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Brewers.

Mesoraco caught both of Arroyo's two scoreless innings and grounded out to the shortstop in the second inning during his lone at-bat.

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"It was good. Health-wise, I feel great," Mesoraco said. "I think my heart was beating a little faster than normal today, just getting out there for the first time in a while. I'll keep working, get back out there and get back to where I was."

Mesoraco is attempting to come back from left shoulder and right hip surgeries last year. He had a left hip operation in 2015.

Because of the injuries, Mesoraco caught only 18 games the past two seasons and played in 39 games overall.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.