Baker to determine roles for duo behind dish

Baker to determine roles for duo behind dish

Baker to determine roles for duo behind dish
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Just because top Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco will be in the Majors this season, it doesn't mean that catcher Ryan Hanigan will only get scraps of playing time behind the plate.

Manager Dusty Baker plans to have Hanigan do more than just catch Bronson Arroyo every fifth day.

"Wasn't he more than a one out of five [pitchers] last year?" Baker said on Wednesday. "Don't assume he's one out of five now."

Hanigan, 31, batted .267 with six home runs and 31 RBIs last season. He played a career-high 91 games, and would have played more if he hadn't suffered a back injury that ended his season by mid-September.

Mesoraco, 23, batted .180 in 18 big league games as a September callup, but his track record in the Minors says he should be a good hitter.

Baker hasn't come up with a plan on how to divide the catchers' playing time. The past three seasons, he had a successful tandem with Hanigan and Ramon Hernandez.

"I don't know how it's going to play out," Baker said. "A lot of it depends on what kind of progress Mesoraco shows. If he continues on the path, he's the catcher of the future, big time. When that future is, it's undecided."