Mesoraco gets rare pairing with Arroyo

Mesoraco gets rare pairing with Arroyo

PHOENIX -- It wasn't normal to see Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco behind the plate on Friday as Bronson Arroyo started in his final spring tune-up. Arroyo always has primary catcher Ryan Hanigan as his battery mate during the regular season.

"It's just his turn. Hani caught yesterday," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Down here in spring, I like to go every other day so they don't go more than a couple of days without playing.

Mesoraco, who will likely start two games and have three off each time through the rotation during the season, can also stay sharp like other reserve players.

"Your extra guys play every day, almost. Then when the season starts, they don't play as much," Baker said. "That's why when the season starts, you have to get them in there pretty early, but without taking away the reps from your starting team or else they will lose whatever sharpness they had."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.