Mesoraco still awaiting next step in appeal process

Mesoraco still awaiting next step in appeal process

CINCINNATI -- All has been quiet on news regarding Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco's appeal of a three-game suspension. In fact, a date has not been set.

"I don't know what's going on," Mesoraco said on Thursday. "I think everybody has to be available on a certain date, and they haven't been able to find a date yet. It's wait and see."

Mesoraco was suspended by Major League Baseball for a July 30 incident where he made contact with the home-plate umpire while being ejected for arguing balls and strikes. It was the same game that Mesoraco suffered a concussion from a collision an inning earlier. He was placed on the seven-day disabled list Aug. 1 and activated Aug. 9.

Whenever the appeal is heard, Mesoraco does not have to be present.

On Wednesday, Mesoraco was behind the plate as Mike Leake worked a complete game in a 6-1 win over the Mets. Mesoraco was back in the lineup Thursday to catch for starter Homer Bailey, as usual. Under a system that came out of necessity instead of design, primary catcher Ryan Hanigan catches three games in a row, while Mesoraco gets the days Leake and Bailey start.

"It's three days off, and four days if we have a [scheduled] off-day. It's a little bit long," said Mesoraco, who entered the day batting .213 with five home runs and 14 RBIs. "Whatever it is, I am not going to complain. I'm happy to be playing. I'd rather have it the way it was the first half of the season, but it hasn't worked out like that. It seems to be working in the second half with the way our record is. If it ain't broke, don't fix it."